Berwick upon Tweed’s
Literary Festival
17th to 20th October 2019


An exciting programme of events, talks, workshops and discussions – many held in heritage buildings – will once again showcase local, national and international contributors who will bring words to life in our small and friendly Literary Festival.

We are proud to welcome festival visitors from near and far who love literature and want to enjoy Berwick’s hospitality in our beautiful, historic walled town where art, culture, history and heritage converge.

Pictures by Peter Bistram


The 2018 Festival


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 last 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.




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Provisional 2019 Programme