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October 2019

Ursula Buchan – Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps, A Life of John Buchan

19 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 With access to documents, papers and photographs, many of which have never been published, Ursula Buchan brings her grandfather John Buchan to life in a major new biography of the man who created the modern thriller. Ursula Buchan is an award-winning journalist and author, who brings vividly to life this remarkable man and his times.

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Charlotte Runcie – Salt On Your Tongue: Women and the Sea

19 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Visitor Centre (downstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Charlotte Runcie is the Daily Telegraph’s radio columnist and arts writer. For several years she lived and worked in Edinburgh, where she ran a folk music choir, and she now lives in the Scottish Borders. She has a secret past as a poet, having been a Foyle Young Poet of the Year. Salt On Your Tongue is her first book.

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Anne Ryland – Uncommon Pairings ~ Poem as Diptych – Writing Workshop

19 October @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Visitor Centre (upstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ
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Tickets £6. Limited numbers - Booking essential Please note this session is upstairs and there is no lift available. How can we write poems in which two halves generate a dynamic whole? They may work in partnership and opposition, the space between evoking shifts and silences. Through varied exercises, we’ll explore the looser form of ‘hinge poems’, and the strange but mesmerizing specular poem (invented by Julia Copus) where the lines of the first verse are repeated in reverse order…

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James Runcie – The Road to Grantchester

19 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 The origin story of Grantchester’s beloved Archdeacon Sidney Chambers, The Road to Grantchester is a superb portrait of post-war Britain and the touching story of one young man finding his place in the world. It is a prequel to the prime-time ITV series starring James Norton. James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker, author and Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4.

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Laurence Rose – Conservationist and Author

19 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
£6

Tickets £6 Laurence works on threatened species recovery for the RSPB. His writing explores conservation as culture, delving into the connections between place, nature and history. Laurence will probe these themes by discussing various species with both a conservation story to tell, and a special place in cultural life, including Tweed otters.

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Tim Tate – Hitler’s British Traitors

19 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Centre (downstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Tim Tate is a multi award-winning documentary film-maker, investigative journalist and best-selling author. His most recent work, Hitler’s British Traitors, reveals the previously secret history of scores of British fascists who spied, carried out sabotage and betrayed their country to Nazi Germany during World War Two. A paperback edition will be released in July 2019.

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Jeremy Dronfield – The Boy Who followed his Father into Auschwitz

19 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
£6

Tickets £6 Based on Gustav Kleinmann’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, Jeremy Dronfield’s bestselling, inspirational book tells the story of a Jewish father and son’s fight for survival – a story of courage unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust. Jeremy Dronfield is a biographer, historian and novelist. He was born in Wales and educated at Cambridge.

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Francis O’Gorman – Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone: A New Edition

19 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Francis O'Gorman is Saintsbury Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and the author of 24 highly praised books. His new edition of The Moonstone, one of the most celebrated of nineteenth century sensation novels, is published in September and he will analyse the novel, concentrating on its place in Collins’ strange and unconventional life.

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Stephen Platten – They Know Earth-secrets: Thomas Hardy’s Tortured Vocation

19 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Visitor Centre (downstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ United Kingdom
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 Tickets £6 Thomas Hardy is often read as a classical Victorian agnostic, or more likely atheist. By discussing Hardy’s poetry and prose, Stephen will present the view that his struggle with religious faith was one of the key factors that directed his literary creativity. Stephen is an honorary Assistant Bishop in the dioceses of London, Newcastle and Southwark.

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Salley Vickers – The Librarian

19 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
£6

Tickets £6 Salley Vickers is the author of many highly acclaimed novels including Cousins and Miss Garnet’s Angel. She has worked as a university teacher of literature and as a psychoanalyst and is now a full-time writer. The Librarian is a moving testament to the joy of reading and the power of books to change and inspire us all.  

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Alice Fernbank: The Golden Fly

19 October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Pier Red, Castlegate
Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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Tickets £7   A new innovation for 2019! This will be a very special evening of story-telling, mythology and music in the convivial atmosphere of Pier Red. Story-teller Alice Fernbank will be bringing her adult show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Berwick for a one-off performance. Alice will be accompanied by a musician during the evening. The show will focus on the Celtic myth of love, death, rebirth and transformation: The Golden Fly. Alice mesmerised children and adults alike…

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Poppy Holden – Unquiet Graves

20 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Visitor Centre (upstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ
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Tickets £6 Please note this session is upstairs and no lift is available. Poppy Holden sings and discusses her latest collection of beautiful ballads, about the power of love, which can sometimes be so strong that even beyond death lovers will comfort one another. Poppy Holden trained as a singer at the Royal College of Music and researched Border ballads for a PhD at Newcastle University, where she was Head of Vocal Studies

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Jacob Polley – Jackself

20 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Jacob Polley won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry for his fourth book of poems, Jackself, which was described by the judges as ‘a firework of a book’. A poet of the uncanny and the startlingly lyrical, Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song.

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Chris Mullin – The Friends of Harry Perkins

20 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Chris Mullin talks about his new novel, the long-awaited sequel to his 1982 classic, A Very British Coup.   A human drama skilfully woven around the big issues of the day: Brexit, the rise of English nationalism and the looming confrontation with China. ‘Terrific…measured, heart-stopping, moving, clear-eyed’. Stephen Frears.

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Lindsay Allason-Jones – Roman Woman; Everyday Life in Hadrian’s Britain

20 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Visitor Centre (upstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ
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Tickets £6 Please note this session is upstairs and no lift is available. Lindsay Allason-Jones is an archaeologist and Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University. Her research into Roman artefacts and Roman women led to Michael O’Mara asking her to write a novel about a year in the life of a typical family in Roman York. Roman Woman: Everyday Life in Hadrian’s Britain was first published in 2000 and is being reissued in July 2019.

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Katrina Porteous – Edge

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
£6

Tickets £6 Northumberland-based Katrina Porteous is best-known for poems on local landscape and communities. Edge is Katrina’s third poetry book and presents new work on a different theme; a poet's approach to astronomy and science. Her performance features space images, and compositions by computer music pioneer Peter Zinovieff.  

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Joyce Quin and Moira Kilkenny – Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Centre (upstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ
£6

Tickets £6 Please note this event is upstairs and no lift is available. The authors will explain the origins and span of their book followed by outline biographies of some of the “Angels of the North”. These will include Mary Astell, England's first feminist writer, and Catherine Cookson who at the height of her fame was Britain's best-selling author. Other notable female politicians, scientists, explorers, artists and reformers will also be highlighted.   Joyce Quin Rt. Hon. Baroness Joyce Quin…

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Duncan Campbell – Criminal Underworld

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Centre (downstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Duncan Campbell was the Guardian's crime correspondent and chairman of the Crime Reporters' Association. His updated history of organised crime, The Underworld, is published this year by Ebury Press. His previous books include We'll All Be Murdered in our Beds! The Shocking History of Crime Reporting (Elliott & Thompson 2016) and the novel, If It Bleeds.

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Katy Brand – I Carried a Watermelon

20 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Katy Brand is a writer, comedian and actor. Her award-winning ITV sketch show, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, which she devised, wrote and starred, ran for three series and later became a nationwide live tour. Now Katy is writing about her lifelong obsession with the 1987 film Dirty Dancing in a book to be published on October 31st.

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Max Adams – The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred’s Britain

20 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
£6

Tickets £6   Max Adams was born in London in 1961.  He has been an archaeologist, a woodsman, a writer and broadcaster. His books have included The King in the North (2013), The Wisdom of Trees (2014),  Ælfred's Britain (2017) and Unquiet Women (2019), a series of stories about neglected female figures in history.

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