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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)

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)

Neil Astley Land of Three Rivers Neil Astley is the founding editor of Bloodaxe Books. His latest anthology Land of Three Rivers is a celebration of North-East England in poetry and songs. Featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories, the work spans from Roman times through medieval Northumbria and the industrial…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

Anne’s poetry workshops are guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing. In this session, participants will explore this ancient and celebratory form, with a particular focus on the odes to everyday objects by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. There will be a variety of exercises to inspire new odes, from lofty to playful. Please bring…(Read More)

Comedy, cartoonery, poetry & improv! created by tonight’s audience with legendary Yorkshire poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband. A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. For audiences, 9 to 109. “the funniest thing I’ve seen in ten…(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)

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