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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)

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)

Ode Again

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ODE AGAIN Saturday. BLF Well this be it. My Ode day. There’s a little flutter of excitement as I head off to St Aidan’s Hall for a workshop entitled In Praise of the Ode to be facilitated by Anne Ryland, award winning poet and teacher, We were a group of twelve and Anne…(Read More)

A big hit at last year’s Festival this is another chance to catch two of the region’s top performers who will present a completely new programme. Katrina Porteous’ evocative poetry is frequently heard on BBC Radio. Accompanied on Northumbrian pipes by Radio 2’s Young Musician of the Year finalist Alice Robinson, Katrina…(Read More)

To celebrate 50 years since the greatest shock in the history of Scottish football,  Tom Maxwell , author of  The Lone Rangers, will discuss Berwick Rangers’ unforgettable 1-0 victory over Glasgow Rangers in 1967. As a special treat for football fans, the local writer will be joined by Russell Craig, one of manager Jock Wallace…(Read More)

Wordsmiths, Mind Sets and Moving Pictures Friday at BLF In a packed session at Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Mary Manley the founder of a treasured wordsmith sanctuary in Alnwick, aka Barter Books, gave a witty and informative account of the development of her second hand bookshop based in the old railway station. Mary talked about…(Read More)

Durham-based football writer Colin Young worked for several national newspapers and covered the fortunes of the Republic of Ireland national team for over 15 years. In 2016, he wrote the authorised biography of England World Cup winner Jack Charlton. Recalling the many hours of interviews and writing, Colin presents the story of how he…(Read More)

Dave Randall has toured the world playing guitar with Faithless, Sinead O’Connor and many others. Sound System is his book of raves, riots and revolution. It sheds light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture, and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the…(Read More)

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is an emeritus professor of history at Edinburgh University and the prize-winning author of fifteen books. His talk will be about the history of surveillance in the United States and Britain, and he will argue that our privacy is under threat not just from state spookery, but from private snooping practices…(Read More)

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