Posts From the monthly archives: "September 2017"

A Music of Speech

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A MUSIC OF SPEECH  Forty years ago, in a valleys school, the class recited poetry by rote. Since the dumbness of misery fell he has remembered there was a music of speech and that once he had something to say. This moving verse by the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke (Collected Poems, Carcanet, 1997) recognises how…(Read More)

Bookworm Heaven

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What would you do, if you could do anything in the world? One of the things I answer is: open a bookshop, that has a coffee shop inside. It seems a fanciful dream, out of my reach. But Mary Manley, and her husband Stuart, thought and did just that in Alnwick, in 1991. They opened…(Read More)

Wandering in Berwick

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Welcome to part two of my brief look at Berwick as the star of the Literary Festival (fitting, as a new film about Robert the Bruce, ‘Outlaw King’, is about to start filming in the town). My last post encouraged you to wet your whistle and whet your appetite in Berwick’s cafés and…(Read More)

Of course Berwick Literary Festival 2017 is going to be a gem of a festival. Take a look at the programme and you’ll see why. However, this post and my next one are dedicated to our starry historic host: the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. If you’ve not been to Berwick before, you…(Read More)

Northumberland-based writers Caroline Roberts (publisher: Harper Impulse, contemporary romance) and Stephanie Butland (publisher: Bonnier Zaffre, commercial literary) are doing a joint gig at the Berwick Literary Festival in October. They’ll be chatting to Newcastle blogger and creative writing tutor Victoria Watson about writing novels and getting them published. I caught up with these…(Read More)

Not In A Tent

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In October I’m going be a guest blogger at the Berwick Literary Festival, in Northumberland. Before I share what’s on offer; some admissions… I’ve only been to a literary festival once in my life and only been to Berwick twice. For someone who loves the spoken and written word so much and…(Read More)

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