19th to 22nd October 2017

Latest News – Sadly the Polly Clark and Stephen Baxter events on 21st October are cancelled.

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.


This year’s Festival promises to provide something for everybody! For adults there will be a wide range of stimulating and entertaining participants, including the award-winning Radio and TV Poet Ian cMillan; the PrivateEye Cartoonist Tony Husband; the Poet and debut novelist, Polly Clark, who has been praised by  literary superstar Margaret Atwood; the Rock Guitarist, Dave Randall, who is used to playing to thousands of people and the Poetry Publisher, Neil Astley, whose most famous fan is Meryl Streep. This Festival prides itself, however, on not only attracting speakers of national renown but also on promoting Northumberland authors and this year is no exception, with many of the sessions being allocated to talented regional speakers.

Photo of Spittal Beach: Nick Box

Other Photos: Mike Fraser

Tony Husband and Ian McMillan – Photo David Tilley

There will also be an exciting and enjoyable programme for children and poetry enthusiasts can participate in a writing workshop and the Poetry Café, while there will be a new production of the popular Wilson’s Tales.

Our Programme may be subject to change – do keep checking for updates.

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Michael Wright
Michael Wright – Chairman


Having taken over the Chair from Christopher Smith – who guided the Festival through its birth and infancy – I am delighted to introduce the 2017 Programme to you and to commend it. My colleagues on the Steering Group, all of whom are volunteers, have worked tirelessly to arrange a most interesting collection of speakers and contributors. In addition to the events described in this Programme, we also mount an extensive range of activities in and with our local schools as well as organising poetry reading in our local care homes. Taken together, we believe that all these activities adequately justify the charitable status which the Festival now enjoys. To residents and visitors alike, best wishes for an enjoyable Festival.

Michael Wright
Chairman, Berwick Literary Festival Steering Group


Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

A Message from Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

I am delighted to offer my best wishes for the success of the 2017 Berwick Literary Festival. The Festival is rapidly becoming an established part of the cultural life of the Town and the area and, once again, we look forward to welcoming residents and visitors alike to the many and varied talks which the Festival has to offer. Please enjoy it.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Berwick upon Tweed Constituency MP



Gregah Rough - Berwick upon Tweed Mayor
Gregah Roughead – Berwick upon Tweed Mayor

A Message from the Mayor

The 2017 Berwick Literary Festival will be the fourth such occasion. It has rapidly established itself as an important part of the cultural life of our Town and district. Once again, there will be a wide range of events on offer during the weekend. In addition, our schools and our care homes will benefit from the activities organised for them in the weeks leading up to the Festival. I hope residents and visitors alike will enjoy what is on offer.

Councillor Gregah Roughead
Mayor of Berwick upon Tweed