Once again it is my pleasure to introduce the 2018 Festival and to commend it to you. My colleagues on the Steering Group, all of whom are volunteers, have worked tirelessly to arrange the Programme. In addition to the events described in this Programme, we also mount an extensive range of activities in and with our local schools as well as organising poetry reading in our local care homes. Taken together we believe that all these activities make a contribution to the social, economic and cultural life of our Town. May I also thank all those individuals and organisations, whose support is acknowledged elsewhere in the Programme, for their financial contributions which makes it possible to offer the Festival.

To residents and visitors alike, best wishes for an enjoyable Festival.

Michael Wright

Chairman, Berwick Literary Festival Steering Group


Message from Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

It gives me great pleasure to support the Berwick Literary Festival in its Fifth year.  Each year the Festival has grown from strength to strength bringing opportunities for residents and visitors to enrich themselves with the written word, which is so lacking in this technological age in which we live.  The success of the Festival is a testament to the vison and organisation of the organisers whom I am deeply grateful for the literary profusion that they bring to the Town.  This is a wonderful Festival and I hope that all will participate over the three days that it is on.


A message from the Mayor Brian Douglas

The 2018 Berwick Literary Festival will be the fifth such occasion. It has established itself as an important part of the cultural life of our Town and district. The Town Council is pleased to be able to offer support to the Literary Festival as one of Berwick’s Autumn Festivals. Once again, there will be a wide range of events on offer during the weekend. In addition, our schools and our care homes will benefit from the activities organised for them in the weeks leading up to the Festival. I hope residents and visitors alike will enjoy what is on offer.