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David Starkey

Last night, the Guildhall was packed out with people eager to hear from eminent historian, David Starkey. Dr Starkey was in town to deliver his talk ‘1216: The Real Magna Carta’. Since his 2015 TV series and book Magna Carta: The Truth Behind the Charter, Starkey has set out his thoughts on the document that…(Read More)

I spent the weekend blogging at the Berwick Literary Festival. I spoke to other readers, met some fascinating authors and heard some brilliant talks about being a writer. Looking back on my two-day adventure, there are some key things I will take with me and use to help me develop as a reader and…(Read More)

Start Writing

How to start writing

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Richard Yeo’s session this morning provided some essential tips for those of us who want to write but don’t know where to start. By working through four simple questions – why, when, what and how? – Richard offered a useful structure for getting your ideas on paper. Why? Richard was very clear on why anyone…(Read More)

Margaret Skea

Margaret Skea gave a brilliant talk today on writing short stories – and how short-form writers need not fear the novel. “Short stories are my first love”, Margaret pronounced at the opening of her talk. I’ve heard this a lot from various authors and it always sounds somewhat confessional, like they’re sharing a…(Read More)

LJ Ross

LJ Ross – or Louise – as we know her, was in Berwick today to talk about the importance of place in writing. She has written four novels – Holy Island, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield and Angel – that have distinctive North East landscapes as their settings. But how does she build those landscapes into her writing, and what does…(Read More)

helen mackinven

As a book blogger, I attend quite a number of meet the author events. I’ve sat in the front row in a Waterstones basement, in the upper tier of a packed theatre and been squashed into a heaving festival tent to listen to the authors I love. But, I’ve never quite had the…(Read More)

Alistair McCleery is Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book at Napier University in Edinburgh. He knows his stuff when it comes to the book industry and joined the Berwick Literary Festival to talk about the worth of writers – on a social, cultural and financial level. Getting paid Alistair started his session by…(Read More)

Margaret Skea will be at Berwick Literary Festival on Saturday to defend the little guy: the short story. Not only will Margaret be launching her debut short story collection, Dust Blowing and Other Stories, with us, she’ll be talking about the skills needed and the joys of writing short stories. I spoke to her…(Read More)

Matt Johnson is an ex-soldier and Metropolitan Police officer. In 1999, he was discharged from police service due to suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Like many PTSD suffers, Matt was encouraged to visit a counsellor and talk through his experiences. His counsellor also suggested writing down those thoughts as a means of processing…(Read More)

You may know Louise as LJ Ross, the bestselling author of the DCI Ryan series of crime novels. Each of her novels have a distinct sense of place, and she’ll be visiting Berwick Literary Festival to talk about how writers can transport scenery into storyline. The Northumberland landscape has been a constant source of…(Read More)

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