Messages received for the 2021 Festival


Alan R. Bowlas, Mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed

To all of you that are lovers of the spoken and written word . . . this Literary Festival is definitely for you.

From its inception in 2014, the Festival has gone from strength to strength and now eight years later, it is firmly set in the annual calendar of wonderful events which add to the cultural life of the town.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is full of interesting and talented people. We have published authors, writers, poets, illustrators, historians, photographers, singers and actors, all of whom contribute to the pleasure of living in such a beautiful place, but who also offer their expertise to events such as this.

An outstanding programme has been arranged for 2021 and we at the Town Council are pleased to support the valiant efforts of the Festival organisers. We also fully appreciate the amount of work the Festival does with schools, engaging future generations in the joys of the written and spoken word.

I offer my very best wishes for a successful few days.

Cllr Glen Sanderson, Leader of Northumberland County Council

Encouraging and supporting culture is an important role for the County Council because it provides a crucial ingredient that makes up the quality of life that our residents deserve, and is a key driver in encouraging tourism right across our County.

Berwick and the North of the County are seeing welcome developments; from a new state of the art leisure centre to celebrating a multimillion pound renovation of the iconic 200 year old Union Chainbridge. The County Council has been a key partner in these and we can look forward to seeing new projects for the North of the County over the next few years.

The Literary Festival is an outstanding example of the voluntary sector’s contribution to the cultural economy and I wish the organisers and those who attend every success and a most enjoyable Festival.

Glenn Sanderson