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Wilson’s Tales of the Borders was a publishing sensation that originated in Berwick in 1834 and remained world famous for over a century. The Wilson’s tales project, in association with Northumberland Theatre Company, present a humorous dramatisation of The Disasters of Johnny Armstrong and launch Volume 4 of their revival edition of the tales.Learn more and book »
Linda will describe how archives provide a rich source of inspiration for writers of all kinds of drama. A reading of Colin’s radio play, based on the last public hanging in Berwick, will illustrate this. Participants will then have the opportunity to visit Berwick Record Office, to discuss the play and to view the original sources that Colin used.Learn more and book »
Richard Moore will be discussing Shakespeare's use of astronomy as a major factor in ‘Hamlet’ and his approach to witches and the power of evil in ‘Macbeth’. Richard is a part-time university lecturer with a doctorate in English literature and a special interest in the Victorian period. He is also a creative writer of plays and libretti. This session is free to students.Learn more and book »
Mary is the founder of Barter Books, Alnwick – one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain. Her talk will cover the history of Barter Books - including the business partnership with her husband, Stuart - which began in 1991 with a budget of £4,000 and an 800 sq ft space and grew to an 8,000 sq ft shop attracting over 300,000 customers a year.Learn more and book »
For nearly 25 years, Iain has worked in a galaxy far, far away - the past 10 from a shed in his garden here in Berwick. As well as creating official Star Wars material, he has written for videogames, tabletop games, and even been a journalist. Interviewed by local comedy writer and performer Mark Vevers, Iain discusses his weird freelance career. This session is free to students.Learn more and book »
David Banks, a British journalist who has edited newspapers on three continents (The New York Post and NY Daily News in the USA; The Australian and The Daily Telegraph in Australia; and the Daily Mirror in the UK) discusses his career and the state of the British press.Learn more and book »
Torben Betts is an award-winning English playwright whose recent plays include Invincible (UK and worldwide), Get Carter (Northern Stage and UK tour), What Falls Apart (Live Theatre) and The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air.) He also wrote the screenplay for the feature film Downhill (2014). He will be talking about the art of writing for stage and screen. This session is free to students.Learn more and book »
This touching illustrated story recounts how dementia slowly took Ron Husband away from his family. The title is a reference to Ron’s last words to his son, Tony. The book is framed as a chat between Tony and his dad, who fades away through the last few pages.
‘rather wonderful cartoon strips ... chronicling his father's dementia with loving charm and wit’ -Stephen Fry.
Photo Credit: Paul Husband
Comedy, cartoonery, poetry & improv! created by tonight’s audience with legendary Yorkshire poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband. A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. For audiences, 9 to 109.
"the funniest thing I've seen in ten years of running this festival Steve Boffy, Beeline Festival".
Christopher Smith is a retired Anglican priest, living in Berwick, who has always enjoyed the language and the humour of P.G.Wodehouse (also known as ‘Plum’). His talk is an affectionate and light-hearted look at some of the women in Plum’s books, which might hold some surprises for those not familiar with the author’s work and some delight for his devotees.Learn more and book »