Fussy Flamingos and Macbeth
Berwick Literary Festival (BLF) returns to venues in the town this October, with an extended young people’s programme of events taking place in schools and at the Guildhall. After consulting with schools on their preferred subjects and formats, free events are planned specifically for all schools in the Berwick Partnership, aimed at involving children of all ages.
Arty-Fact Theatre Company will be returning to the Festival, bringing their new play to Berwick. First Schools have been invited to the Guildhall to watch Calamity Climate Change, a captivating, funny and eco-friendly play that includes Arty-Fact’s exciting blend of drama and puppetry. The play will also be performed at the Grove School in Berwick.
Middle Schools have been offered an interactive workshop provided by Arty-Fact, focusing on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the KS3/KS4 curriculum. These workshops were exceptionally popular in 2019 and Festival organisers are excited to be able to extend the offering to all middle schools in the Berwick Partnership this year.
Finally for High Schools, poet Dr Jo Clement will spend a day at each school in the BLF-sponsored “Poet for a Day” scheme. Jo, who is also a lecturer at Northumbria University will tailor the schools’ workshops to different age groups and curriculum requirements. Adults will be able to hear Jo reading her work on Saturday 15th October.
BLF organisers are excited to be holding free events in the Library on that Saturday too. Local artists Brita Granstroem and Jonathan Wild will be reading and drawing the four flamingo titles, focusing on their latest book The Fussy Flamingo; There will a Storytime in the Library session for young listeners; and to round off the day, author-illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth will lead a hands-on drawing and writing workshop for teenagers who will be guided through the process of making their own comics on the theme of activism and changing the world, based on her book PROTEST!.
Michael Gallico, Chair of the Festival Steering Group, says “providing schools with high-quality events that both educate and entertain has always been a key part of the Festival’s role. We have to thank our patrons and sponsors, who make it possible for us to offer this programme. About 400 children in Berwick and area watched our 2021 poetry sessions with Joseph Coelho and we’re sure more young people will enjoy and learn from this year’s choice. We are really pleased too that Joseph has been chosen as Children’s Laureate for 2022.”