Guildhall

16 Marygate

Max Adams – The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred’s Britain

20 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£6

Tickets £6   Max Adams was born in London in 1961.  He has been an archaeologist, a woodsman, a writer and broadcaster. His books have included The King in the North (2013), The Wisdom of Trees (2014),  Ælfred’s Britain (2017) and Unquiet Women (2019), a series of stories about neglected female figures in history.

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Katy Brand – I Carried a Watermelon

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tickets £6 Katy Brand is a writer, comedian and actor. Her award-winning ITV sketch show, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, which she devised, wrote and starred, ran for three series and later became a nationwide live tour. Now Katy is writing about her lifelong obsession with the 1987 film Dirty Dancing in a book to…

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Chris Mullin – The Friends of Harry Perkins

20 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Tickets £6 Chris Mullin talks about his new novel, the long-awaited sequel to his 1982 classic, A Very British Coup.   A human drama skilfully woven around the big issues of the day: Brexit, the rise of English nationalism and the looming confrontation with China. ‘Terrific…measured, heart-stopping, moving, clear-eyed’. Stephen Frears.

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Salley Vickers – The Librarian

19 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tickets £6 Salley Vickers is the author of many highly acclaimed novels including Cousins and Miss Garnet’s Angel. She has worked as a university teacher of literature and as a psychoanalyst and is now a full-time writer. The Librarian is a moving testament to the joy of reading and the power of books to change…

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Jeremy Dronfield – The Boy Who followed his Father into Auschwitz

19 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tickets £6 Based on Gustav Kleinmann’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, Jeremy Dronfield’s bestselling, inspirational book tells the story of a Jewish father and son’s fight for survival – a story of courage unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust. Jeremy Dronfield is a biographer, historian and novelist. He was born in Wales and…

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James Runcie – The Road to Grantchester

19 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tickets £6 The origin story of Grantchester’s beloved Archdeacon Sidney Chambers, The Road to Grantchester is a superb portrait of post-war Britain and the touching story of one young man finding his place in the world. It is a prequel to the prime-time ITV series starring James Norton. James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker, author…

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Rotary Short Story Competition

19 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Main Page Here By invitation only Now in its sixth year and run by Berwick Rotary Club, all pupils attending the local schools are invited to submit a short story.  The hundreds of entries are read and the shortlisted pupils invited to an Oscar’s style Award Ceremony in The Guildhall where pupils or readers read…

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Fordyce Maxwell – When Trees were Green

19 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Tickets £6 Award-winning journalist Fordyce Maxwell recalls his formative years as the oldest of a family of nine growing up on a small Northumbrian farm in the 1950s. It’s not a misery memoir or a cosy tribute to “the good old days” but a clear-eyed memory of how things were.

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Eric Thompson – On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service

18 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tickets £6 Eric Thompson MBE was born and educated in Coatbridge in Scotland, joined the Royal Navy at seventeen, served in five submarines during the Cold War and completed his career in charge of Britain’s principal nuclear submarine base at Faslane. His thought-provoking, often hilarious, autobiography, On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service, gives an inspirational insight…

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