Berwick upon Tweed Literary Festival
18th-21st October 2018

…. is now over after another record year.

We hope to see you again in 2019


The Rt Hon. Douglas Alexander and former editor of the Scottish Daily Record, Murray Foote, brought the Festival to a thought-provoking conclusion with an exploration of populism and a worldwide identity crisis.
Liz Lochhead and Steve Kettley performing on Friday evening

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Literary Festival was proud to showcase local,  national and international contributors who brought words to life in a feast of talks, workshops, discussions and events. There was something for all: with poetry and performance, culture, history and politics featuring  on this year’s tantalising menu. Pictures from the 2018 festival are shown below.

Pictures from the Schools’ Programme


Children’s pictures

Click on this year’s contributors below for more details

Festival favourites back from previous years are shown in red


The Schools’ Programme

Once again, words were brought to life for children and young people through creative writing, story telling and illustration workshops in our Schools’ Programme, as well as events especially targeted for young people during the Festival weekend. 

Our Literary Festival is in historic walled Berwick which is forty minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island are nearby.
Northumberland is of course famed for its beaches and the Cheviot Hills.

Pictures by Peter Bistram

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