Festival Highlights

Once again, the Berwick Literary Festival is proud to welcome acclaimed local, national and international contributors. Here are some highlights of this year’s exciting programme to whet your appetite.

Fiction is especially strong this year with Salley Vickers, Chris Mullin and  James Runcie promoting their latest novels, while Berwick-based Jessie Greengrass will discuss her debut novel Sight which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, long-listed for the Welcome Prize for Fiction 2019 and is short-listed for the James Tait Black Prize.

As regards history, Max Adams will discuss Viking raids in Northumberland, Ursula Buchan will talk about her biography of her grandfather John Buchan,  Jeremy Dronfield will reveal a story of courage and survival amidst the horrors of Auschwitz, Brian Ward will tell the extraordinary story of Martin Luther King’s eleven hours in Newcastle in 1968 and Eric Thompson will lift the lid of the ultra-secretive world of cold war nuclear submarines.

Poetry is always a major feature of our festival and this year’s contributors are returning favourites, Katrina Porteous and Poppy Holden, while making his festival debut is Jacob Polley who will read and discuss his T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection Jackself

Additionally, Katy Brand will explain her life-long obsession with the film Dirty Dancing, the superb Dyad Company will present a production of Orlando at the Maltings and there will be an evening of storytelling, mythology and music at Pier Red.

For full details of this year’s programme and information about the time & location of each event, go to https://berwickliteraryfestival.com/