Wilson’s Tales: Tales of Torment

The Committee will again be collaborating with the Wilson’s Tales project to help bring the world-famous tales which emanated from Berwick back to life.

Wilson’s Tales of the Borders first appeared in the Berwick Advertiser in 1834 and became an international publishing phenomenon for over a century.

For this year’s Festival, the Wilson’s Tales Project presents an evening of drama, poetry and history. The Domestic Griefs of Gustavus McIver is a tragi-farce of an untameable shrew. It’s staged by Alice Dobie in the manner of the Jeremy Kyle Show: “I buried my booze-fiend wife alive – in a distillery!”

Ahead of his Festival talk on John Wilson’s life and work, Mike Fraser describes Wilson’s return to Berwick in 1832: Health and home are powerful magnets. In three hectic years, Wilson became a successful editor of the Berwick Advertiser, launched his popular Wilson’s Tales – and died, possibly of overwork.

There’s a reading of Beans and Bacon – Wilson’s epic poem of desperation, deception, gluttony and glory.

And there will be a chance to preview this year’s volume of the continuing Revival Edition – retelling Wilson’s Tales for modern audiences.

Baptist Church, Golden Square
Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm

Tickets £8 from www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or on the door
More information from www.wilsonstales.co.uk