Berwick upon Tweed Literary Festival 2018

The 2018 festival will be held on 19th-21st October

2018 Festival leaflet: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Literary Festival is proud to showcase local, national
and international contributors who will bring words to life in a feast of talks, workshops, discussions and events.

There is something for all: with poetry and performance, culture, history and politics
featuring on this year’s tantalising menu.

Confirmed speakers so far include

  • Rt.Hon. Douglas Alexander (former Foreign Secretary)

  • Neil Ansell

  • Catharine Arnold

  • Linda Bankier and Jane Millar

  • Torben Betts

  • Tony Black

  • Julia Boyd

  • John Challis

  • Jane Dismore

  • Liz Flanagan

  • Mike Fraser 

  • Barbara Henderson

  • Poppy Holden

  • Liz Lochhead & Steve Kettley

  • George Martin

  • Fordyce Maxwell

  • Tom Maxwell

  • Andrew Moore

  • Sinead Morrissey

  • Sean O’Brien

  • Stephen Platten

  • Sarah Reay

  • Cameron Robertson

  • Maryam Sinaee

  • Harriet Smart & Emma Salisbury

  • Christopher Smith

  • Tony Spawforth

  • Kevin Toolis 

And for the kids?

Once again, words will be 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. 

Put the dates in your diary and watch this space – detailed schedule to come soon!


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.


Use this link to obtain information about becoming a Festival Patron!



Photo of Spittal Beach: Nick Box

Other Photos: Mike Fraser

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