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October 2018

Martin’s the Printers Tour 1

19 October @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Martin’s the Printers, Main Street
Spittal, TD15 1RS United Kingdom
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Tour around Martin's book printing factory Martin's the Printers have been operating in Berwick for 120 years from its period factory, crammed full of the latest technology. They are one of the last remaining book printers and binders left in the UK and the only one in the north of England. The company produces all types of books in runs of 1 up to 30,000 for large international publishers, self publishers and local authors. The tour takes around 90 minutes…

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Richard Moore: Through A Glass Darkly

19 October @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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Richard Moore: Through A Glass Darkly From the mid-18th century, the reaction against the formal elegance of Georgian Society was steadily undermined by one thing: the Cult of the Gothic. Come and meet vampires and ghouls, hear how the Gothic arose and how writers as diverse as Edgar Allan Poe, R.L. Stevenson and Bram Stoker exploited it. *** Students Free ***    

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Sarah Reay: The Half-Shilling Curate

19 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Sarah Reay: The Half-Shilling Curate, A personal account of war & faith 1914-1918 The Half-Shilling Curate was an Army Chaplain who in 1915 was attached to the DLI & Northumberland Fusiliers. His descriptive account, from his own personal letters and writings, illustrates the value of love and faith during the Great War. He was the only known Army Chaplain during the war to be awarded the Military Cross for exemplary gallantry on a ship.    

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Bea Davenport: Crime Writing Workshop

19 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
YHA Granary, Bridge Street
Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HJ United Kingdom
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Crime Writing Workshop Crime fiction is the best-selling genre - so it's no mystery that many writers want to try it. But how do you create an original detective, a convincing villain and a pacy plot? Join five-times-published author Bea Davenport for a writing workshop that takes you through some of the tested tips and techniques for writing compelling crime stories.  

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Liz Flanagan: Dragon Daughter

19 October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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Dragon Daughter Do you dream of dragons? Do you love stories about magical creatures of all kinds? In this interactive talk, acclaimed children’s author Liz Flanagan will be sharing her new book Dragon Daughter and inviting you to imagine a fantasy animal of your very own. Recommended for ages 8-12. *** Students Free ***  

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Martin’s the Printers Tour 2

19 October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Martin’s the Printers, Main Street
Spittal, TD15 1RS United Kingdom
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£5

Tour around Martin's book printing factory Martin's the Printers have been operating in Berwick for 120 years from its period factory, crammed full of the latest technology. They are one of the last remaining book printers and binders left in the UK and the only one in the north of England. The company produces all types of books in runs of 1 up to 30,000 for large international publishers, self publishers and local authors. The tour takes around 90 minutes…

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Maryam Sinaiee: What is Persian Cooking All About

19 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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What is Persian Cooking All About Maryam Sinaiee was born in Tehran, Iran. She learned to cook from her mother and extended family, and is passionate about Persian history and cuisine. She moved to the UK in 2011 and started a food blog, The Persian Fusion, which is now one of the most popular Persian food blogs in English. Nightingales and Roses is her first cookery book.  

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Torben Betts: Scenes from a Playwright’s Life

19 October @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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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.

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Poppy Holden: Thomas the Rhymer

19 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Poppy Holden weaves together landscape, history and mythology with photographs of the beautiful settings in which these stories took place, and fine recordings and live performances of the ballads. Poppy Holden is an internationally renowned singer and teacher, whose book of these border ballads is due out shortly, with wood engravings by Chris Daunt.

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Linda Bankier and Jane Miller: From Cholera to Comic: Using Archives Creatively

19 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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From Cholera to Comic: Using Archives Creatively Continuing the theme of using archives as inspiration for literature, Linda Bankier (Berwick Archives) and Jane Miller (Berwick Museum) will talk about a joint project with Berwick Academy and Newcastle University. It focuses on the 1832 and 1854 cholera epidemics in Berwick and students creating a comic on the subject.    

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Liz Lochhead and Steve Kettley: Somethings Old, Somethings New

19 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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£10

Somethings Old, Somethings New From the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, poet and playwright Liz Lochhead weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems, monologues and music.  Accompanied by the soulful sax of Steve Kettley, she presents an intoxicating mix of some of her best work over the past 45 years. ‘Brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’ (Sunday Times).  

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Anne Ryland: Prose Poetry ~ Form or Non-Form?

20 October @ 9:45 am - 12:15 pm
YHA Granary, Bridge Street
Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HJ United Kingdom
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Ann Ryland: Prose Poetry ~ Form or Non-Form? It has sparked discussion and controversy, not to mention resistance! To define prose poetry simply as a block of prose possessing poetic qualities is to understate its rich possibilities. Discover more at this writing workshop. We will read some contemporary prose poems and then, through a variety of approaches, experiment with the elusive form ourselves. All writers welcome, including beginners.  

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Jane Dismore: Royals, Rebels and Aristocrats: the pleasure and the pain of writing about Britain’s ‘blue-blooded’ families

20 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Royals, Rebels and Aristocrats: the pleasure and the pain of writing about Britain's 'blue-blooded' families After fitting writing around her careers as an English teacher and a solicitor, it's now a full-time occupation. Jane Dismore focuses on biographical subjects, usually those with royal or aristocratic connections, which will form the basis of her talk. As well as non-fiction books, she writes features for history magazines and other publications.  

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George Martin: A History of Tweedmouth

20 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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A History of Tweedmouth I am a master printer, previously MD of Martin's Printing Works. When I retired I wrote 'An Anecdotal History of Spittal', then recently wrote 'An Anecdotal History of Tweedmouth'. My favourite pastime is Bridge and I am a high ranking player. I also played Bowls until 2 years ago. I am secretary of Berwick Probus Club.  

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Children’s Book Panel

20 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Children’s Book Panel A panel of accomplished local artists and writers will each give a short presentation which will be followed by a panel talk hosted by an academic specialist in this field. They will discuss what Berwick has to offer for illustrators, what attracted this huge amount of talent to the town & why Berwick punches well above its weight with illustrators.  

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Fordyce Maxwell: A Farmer’s Boy

20 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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A Farmer’s Boy Award winning journalist Fordyce Maxwell considers half a century of dramatic change in two businesses he knows intimately - farming and journalism. In spite of being a Berwick Rangers supporter, an England cricket fan and the oldest of a family of nine brought up on a small farm he remains an optimist.  

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Emma Salisbury and Harriet Smart: Criminal Endeavours

20 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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Criminal Endeavours: crime writers Emma Salisbury and Harriet Smart compare notes Join Emma Salisbury and Harriet Smart as they discuss what makes crime fiction so compelling and explore the similarities between historical and contemporary crime fiction. Emma's latest book, Absent, is the fourth in her police procedural series set in Manchester, while Harriet has recently published her sixth Northminster Mystery, The Echo At Rooke Court.  

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Poetry Café

20 October @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
YHA Granary, Bridge Street
Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HJ United Kingdom
Free

Poetry Café 2018 Poetry is taking over at The Granary on the Saturday of the Festival weekend. Anne Ryland will be running a poetry writing workshop from 9.45am-12.15pm and the poet John Challis will be performing at 4.00pm. See Events for more details and to book your tickets. Like the jam in a Victoria Sponge, The Poetry Café will provide a mouth-watering filler in the middle. Anyone who loves poetry, or wants to find out more about it, is welcome…

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Neil Ansell: The Last Wilderness

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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The Last Wilderness Neil Ansell is a lifelong adventurer who has travelled in more than fifty countries and a celebrated writer of books of immersive nature writing. His latest book, The Last Wilderness, is based on a series of solitary walks in the Scottish Highlands in search of wildlife encounters, and explores the pleasures and pains of being isolated in the wilds.  

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Tom Maxwell and Tony Black: Partners in Crime – the Collaborative Writing Process

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, The Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Partners in Crime – the Collaborative Writing Process Tom Maxwell, local author of two critically acclaimed football books, has recently completed his first novel with his friend Tony Black, who he first met while working at the Edinburgh Evening News. Tony, described by Irvine Welsh as “my favourite British crime writer”, will join Tom in Berwick for a fascinating discussion on the collaborative writing process.    

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