Biography

We’re off! Day one: notes and quotes

5 July, 1:40 am

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…

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Let’s celebrate words!

5 July, 1:40 am

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

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Thursday: quotes of the day

5 July, 1:40 am

Hearing and seeing writers talk about or perform their work is always a great privilege. They have such interesting things to say. Biographer Ann Thwaite told some brilliant anecdotes today. From her childhood in New Zealand; to her travels to Japan (she’s been 11 times); and about her life in Norfolk. In Norfolk, she ran…

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Day one: poetry, biography history

5 July, 1:40 am

Still time to book for events later today. Online and free: register via the Festival website.

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Ann Thwaite, biographer: An extraordinarily interesting life

5 July, 1:40 am

Register for free for this event – Click here Eminent biographer Ann Thwaite joins the 2020 online and free Berwick Literary Festival on Thursday 15th October at 4pm. Her work includes biographies of Victorian writer, editor and translator Edmund Gosse (described by literary critic John Carey as ‘one of the finest literary biographies of our time’);…

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