Catch up on the events you missed at Berwick Literary Festival 2021

2021 Festival catch-up

Ta daaa! Events from Berwick Literary Festival 2021 – the Friendly Festival in a Walled Town – are available for free catch-up on our YouTube channel


Day three: Lit Fest notes & quotes

Words are at the heart of Berwick Literary Festival. Many of our speakers and contributors have fabulous books to their names which are available to buy from all good bookshops.


Day two: notes & quotes

It’s always a privilege to chat to authors about their work and it was my turn to start proceedings at today’s Festival chatting with writer Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon about their beautiful book For the love of trees. Vicky and Anna’s book is a wonderful immersive tree hug of impressions, stories and ideas.…


We’re off! Day one: notes and quotes

First stop for me at this year’s Festival is Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Thomas Cromwell: a fresh look. I’m a huge fan of Hilary Mantel’s epic Wolf Hall trilogy, which miraculously breathes vivid life and motivation into Cromwell and his contemporaries. I say ‘miraculously’ but Mantel’s meticulous research is the lifeblood of her compelling fiction. Indeed, Mr…


Tom Murray, on his Creative Writing Workshop for the Berwick Literary Festival

Anna Edgar writes: “Inspiring” is a word I have often heard used to describe Tom’s workshops.  And having attended some myself, I certainly agree. He describes himself as a facilitator, but he is more than that.  Through his encouragement and guidance, participants, both regulars and newcomers, find his sessions creative and empowering. Tom’s sessions usually…


Let’s celebrate words!

Berwick Literary Festival – The Friendly Festival in a Walled Town – commences on October 14 2021. We’re celebrating words – written, spoken, performed – with a fascinating and wide-reaching programme with all live, online events FREE – including Gordon Brown, Salley Vickers, William Dalrymple and Hollie McNish


William Dalrymple – The Anarchy

William is speaking at our festival on 17th October at 3 PM Anna Edgar writes: We are indeed fortunate to have William Dalrymple as one the speakers at this year’s festival.  His historical account of the East India Company in The Anarchy is another outstanding example of the exhaustive research which has accorded him many…

'Belongings' by David Constantine who'll be  live, free and online at Berwick Literary Festival on 17 October 2021

David Constantine: You can never settle down in language

David Constantine will read at Berwick Literary Festival from his new collection ‘Belongings’ on 17 October 2021 alongside Heidi Williamson and Tishani Doshi

Take a book. Leave a book. Books by the Sea. Berwick Literary Festival's little free library by Berwick pier.

Berwick’s library with a view

Berwick Literary Festival (14-17 October 2021) is delighted to present Berwick’s own Little Free Library in association with Books by the (North) Sea.

Deacon&Allan For the Love of Trees cover

Vicky Allan: no guilt in reading, only pleasure

Vicky Allan and Anna Deacon will be live, free and online at Berwick Literary Festival 2021 in Northumberland speaking about their book ‘For the Love of Trees’