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Katharine Tiernan is in the News! Click here!

Praise for Katharine’s Tiernan’s recent novel, Cuthbert of Farne, based on the life of the North’s favourite saint. Tiernan has a flair for psychological insight and an imagination that fills in the gaps in the historical record without ever doing violence to what is likely. She is also possessed of a vivid visual imagination, and…

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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…

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Duncan Campbell – Exposing the Criminal Underworld. Click here!

There are almost 5000 criminal gangs in the UK. But the old family firms are gone – today’s underworld is multi-national, diversified and tech-savvy. Read all about it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/04/inside-the-21st-century-british-criminal-underworld Then hear Duncan at our Festival: 20th October @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Visitor Centre (downstairs) Duncan Campbell was the Guardian‘s crime correspondent and chairman of the…

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Katy Brand Loves Dirty Dancing. Click here!

Katy Brand – I Carried a Watermelon We are delighted to announce that Katy Brand will be wowing an audience at our festival a week before her new book I Carried a Watermelon is published. Don’t worry she will have lots of copies to sign! Katy Brand – I Carried a Watermelon is a love…

Sinclair, James; John Mackay Wilson (1804-1834); Berwick Museum & Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/john-mackay-wilson-18041834-57292

John Mackay Wilson – Tales of the Borders in the Berwick Advertiser once again!

“Health and Home are Powerful Magnets”. John Mackay Wilson – the Writer of Tales of the Borders and Editor of the Berwick Advertiser 1832-1835 The Editor of the Advertiser is publishing weekly Tales of the Borders. In doing so he is following in the footsteps of one of his most distinguished predecessors as Mike Fraser…

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Plays and Prose and Poetry

This is my seventh and final blog as guest blogger for Berwick Literary Festival. My debut gig as a literary festival blogger comes to a close. And as I reflect on this opportunity at the age of 58, it’s another indicator of… it’s never too late and you’re never too old. This blog will cover…

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In Conversation With…

In Conversation With… Stephanie Butland, Caroline Roberts, Dave Randall and Colin Young. Not all at once. They constituted three, out of the nine, events I chose to attend last weekend, from 20 – 22 October, at Berwick Literary Festival 2017. Two of the interviewers were Victoria Watson and Helen Wright – local women who were…

A Pillar of Society ~ Ian McMillan, on the steps of the Guildhall, ready to greet the punters.

A Cartoon History of Berwick… or The Ballad of Steven Seagull

The official start to the Berwick Literary Festival 2017 was in the Guildhall, on Friday 20 October at 7pm. The chandeliers were sparkling; velvet curtains draping and a big crowd was gathering. Michael Wright, chair of the festival’s steering group and the town mayor, Gregah Roughed, made their formal welcomes and introductions… and then legendary Ian…

Ode Again

Ode Again

ODE AGAIN Saturday. BLF Well this be it. My Ode day. There’s a little flutter of excitement as I head off to St Aidan’s Hall for a workshop entitled In Praise of the Ode to be facilitated by Anne Ryland, award winning poet and teacher, We were a group of twelve and Anne wasted no…

Wordsmiths, Mindshifts and Moving Pictures

Wordsmiths, Mindshifts and Moving Pictures

Wordsmiths, Mind Sets and Moving Pictures Friday at BLF In a packed session at Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Mary Manley the founder of a treasured wordsmith sanctuary in Alnwick, aka Barter Books, gave a witty and informative account of the development of her second hand bookshop based in the old railway station. Mary talked about…