Literary festival

Let’s celebrate words!

7 December, 4:13 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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Take a bow: Simon Garfield wows with his celebration of dogs

7 December, 4:13 am

Simon Garfield will be speaking about his book ‘Dog’s Best Friend: A brief history of an unbreakable bond’ at Berwick Literary Festival in October 2021. Here he gives insight about his work and writing process to Festival blogger George Cochrane.

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Full programme announcement coming soon…

7 December, 4:13 am

The programme for the eighth Berwick Literary Festival the Northumberland book festival will be announced soon

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Literary Festival Box Set

7 December, 4:13 am

Berwick Literary Festival 2020 presents brilliant talks to enjoy at your leisure. Celebrating words: written spoken performed. Poetry, politics, history, trending…

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Written, spoken, performed

7 December, 4:13 am

That’s it folks. Four days. Twenty Events. Record attendance from 34 different countries.

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Stephen Green: rethinking what we think we know

7 December, 4:13 am

If you were concocting a fantasy dinner party guest list, you’d want a good mix of people to keep the conversation flowing. A government minister, maybe. The CEO of a global bank for a view of how the world works, and a clergyman for a rather different perspective. Throw in a linguist who’s lived in the US, Asia and Saudi Arabia, a civil servant, an author, a chap who visited 56 countries in three years boosting UK trade, and… oh hell, we’re out of cutlery.

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Saturday: Festival quotes

7 December, 4:13 am

If you heard Jessie Greengrass speak at today’s Festival, I’m guessing that you, like me, will be rushing to order her new book The High House. This deep-thinking, candid-speaking interview…

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Friday: Festival quotes

7 December, 4:13 am

Shaun Bythell joined us from his bookshop – The Bookshop – in Wigtown. Following his first two books about shop life (The diary of a bookseller and Confessions of a…

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Thursday: quotes of the day

7 December, 4:13 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.…

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Day one: poetry, biography history

7 December, 4:13 am

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

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