A Tribute to a major Berwick Poet – Vincenza Holland

Rachel Holland, Vincenza’s daughter, will read from her mother’s new collection of poems at the festival’s Poetry Open Mic session on 19th October 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the Visitor Centre (upstairs). This is a FREE Event. No booking is required but please note that this session is upstairs and there is no lift available. Tenancy…

Festival Fringe

Festival Fringe

Just put my name down for Lucy Baxandall’s papermaking demonstration. Sounds fascinating.


Your Invitation to a very special evening on our Festival Fringe!

This will be a very special evening of story-telling, mythology and music in the convivial atmosphere of Pier Red. Story-teller Alice Fernbank will be bringing her adult show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Berwick for a one-off performance. Alice will be accompanied by a musician during the evening. The show will focus on the…

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Katy Brand loves Dirty Dancing and she’s coming to Berwick in October to share the Love!

Katy Brand is an award-winning writer, comedian and actor. After starting to write and perform comedy as a student at Oxford University, she became a regular on the UK live sketch comedy scene. In 2005 she took her debut Edinburgh show Celebrities are Gods to the Fringe and it was immediately picked up for Channel…


Buy the Books then Quiz the Authors!

A wide selection of the books written by the participants in our festival are now available at Geo. C. Grieve Ltd on Church Street in Berwick upon Tweed! Buy the books now and prepare your questions for when they appear in October! Contact: 1 Church St, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1EG Tel 01289 306051


Berwick upon Tweed is in the News! Click here!

Berwick-upon-Tweed From The Guardian 31st August 2019 England’s northernmost town is one of the most picturesque stops along the Edinburgh-London mainline railway route, and well worth lingering in for a long weekend. With medieval town walls, Elizabethan ramparts and a Georgian town hall, it’s a mishmash of architectural delights dating back centuries. Robert Stephenson’s Royal Border Bridge,…

Mountbattens by Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie is in the News! Click here!

****************** THE MOUNTBATTENS THEIR LIVES AND LOVES ANDREW LOWNIE Published 22nd August 2019 Hardback | £20.00 ****************** To mark the 40th anniversary of Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA, comes a nuanced portrayal of two remarkable people and their complex marriage Drawing on four years of research around the world, prize-winning and bestselling historian Andrew Lownie…


Our Printed Programme is now available! Click here to order a copy!

Go to to order a copy!

James Runcie photo - Landscape by Kate Mount


With some well-known names coming to the Berwick Literary Festival this autumn, Mike Fraser, one of the programme organisers, was interviewed by Michael Gallico, next year’s Chair of the Steering Group. Tell me more about the Festival  We’re in our sixth year and proud to be part of Berwick’s exciting Autumn Festival season.  It’s run…


Poppy is in the news – click here!

Border Ballads & Thomas the Rhymer Published with permission from Poppy and ABC Radio Download audio Saturday 27 April 2019 11:30AM (view full episode) IMAGE: CHRIS DAUNT’S ARTWORK ‘TWO MAGICIANS’ FROM THE BOOK ‘BORDER BALLADS FROM ETTRICK AND YARROW’ BY POPPY HOLDEN. (SUPPLIED: POPPY HOLDEN) In the 1970s, the soprano Poppy Holden was a vital – not to say unique…