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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)

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)



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)

A Music of Speech


A MUSIC OF SPEECH  Forty years ago, in a valleys school, the class recited poetry by rote. Since the dumbness of misery fell he has remembered there was a music of speech and that once he had something to say. This moving verse by the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke (Collected Poems, Carcanet, 1997) recognises how…(Read More)

This year’s Berwick Literary Festival (19th to 22nd October) promises to provide something for everybody! For adults there will be a wide range of stimulating and entertaining participants, including Ian McMillan, an award-winning Radio and TV Poet; a debut novelist, Polly Clark, praised by literary superstar Margaret Atwood; a Rock Guitarist, Dave Randall…(Read More)