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This is my seventh and final blog as guest blogger for Berwick Literary Festival. My debut gig as a literary festival blogger comes to a close. And as I reflect on this opportunity at the age of 58, it’s another indicator of… it’s never too late and you’re never too old. This…(Read More)

In Conversation With… Stephanie Butland, Caroline Roberts, Dave Randall and Colin Young. Not all at once. They constituted three, out of the nine, events I chose to attend last weekend, from 20 – 22 October, at Berwick Literary Festival 2017. Two of the interviewers were Victoria Watson and Helen Wright – local women who were…(Read More)

The official start to the Berwick Literary Festival 2017 was in the Guildhall, on Friday 20 October at 7pm. The chandeliers were sparkling; velvet curtains draping and a big crowd was gathering. Michael Wright, chair of the festival’s steering group and the town mayor, Gregah Roughed, made their formal welcomes and introductions… and then…(Read More)

So, day one of my very first literary festival up in Berwick… and my first as a festival blogger. Score out of ten so far? Ten. The festival’s twitter account describes it correctly… it is small and friendly, with the bonus of not being in a tent and being in a historic walled town…(Read More)

ODE ON A RAILWAY STATION? For over 50 years now I have arrived, and left, Berwick upon Tweed via the very wonderful railway station. The best in the world I tell the staff every time I buy a ticket. Maybe there is one better, Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore is another travellers delight…(Read More)

At the last count there are 28 events on the programme at Berwick Literary Festival from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 22 October… and that’s just for the adults. There are seven sessions for children/students and a By Invitation Only competition awards event. Events on everything from playwriting to poetry to prose to…(Read More)

TWEED

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TWEED There can’t be many of us, of whatever age, who haven’t worn an item of tweed at some time in our lives.  It can’t be beaten for warmth, softness and the subtlety of natural colours.  Growing up in the fifties, I saw it first in the form of a calf-length…(Read More)

Bookworm Heaven

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What would you do, if you could do anything in the world? One of the things I answer is: open a bookshop, that has a coffee shop inside. It seems a fanciful dream, out of my reach. But Mary Manley, and her husband Stuart, thought and did just that in Alnwick, in 1991. They opened…(Read More)

Wandering in Berwick

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Welcome to part two of my brief look at Berwick as the star of the Literary Festival (fitting, as a new film about Robert the Bruce, ‘Outlaw King’, is about to start filming in the town). My last post encouraged you to wet your whistle and whet your appetite in Berwick’s cafés and…(Read More)

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