September 25, 2018
If you are in Northumberland this October, and you love reading, then this festival is the perfect option for you. Running from 18th to 20th October 2018, and with tickets being on sale from now, you can join in the celebrations for this fantastic literary festival with a full packed schedule.
The Literary Festival is in the historic walled town of Berwick, which is England’s most northerly town. This is a forty minute from Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh. If you want to team this trip with another attraction, you can find Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island also nearby.
Their website says that the festival is proud to “showcase local, national and international contributors who will bring words to life in a feast of talks, workshops, discussions and events. There is something for all: with poetry and performance, culture, history and politics featuring on this year’s tantalising menu.” So, whether you are really in love with a particular author, have a fondness for writing poetry, or simply want to go along and see what it is all about, then there is plenty for you to see and hear at this wonderful festival.
Just some of the speakers you can see here include:
- Douglas Alexander: International Affairs
- Neil Ansell: Travel, Nature
- Catharine Arnold: Social History
- Linda Bankier and Jane Miller: Local History
- Torben Betts: Playwright
- Julia Boyd: History
- John Challis: Poetry reading
- Children’s Book Panel: Children’s Fiction
- Bea Davenport: Crime Writing Workshop
- Liz Flanagan: Writing for Young Adults
- Michael Fraser: Local History, Biography
- Christian Jennings: History, Politics
- Liz Lochhead and Steve Kettley: Poetry, Music
- George Martin: Local History
- Tom Maxwell and Tony Black: Crime, Collaborative Writing
- Richard Moore: Gothic Literature
- Theresa Muñoz: Poetry
- Stephen Platten: Poetry
- Sarah Reay: Biography, History
- Anne Ryland: Poetry Workshop
- Maryam Sinaiee: Persian Cookery
- Christopher Smith: Poetry
- Tony Spawforth: Classical History
If you are thinking of bringing the kids along, then there will be a section dedicated to the little ones with storytelling on offer as well as dedicated workshops. It is great to get kids into books and reading from a young age, so whether you have a two year old or a twelve year old, there is something for the younger generation to enjoy here.
To find out more yoou can visit the facebook page or Instagram account, www.facebook.com/berwicklitfest and @berwicklitfest. You can get tickets from the Maltings Box Office: www.maltingsberwick.co.uk. Tickets cost £5 and students go free.
If you need somewhere to stay in Northumberland while you are visiting this festival, why not check out one of the many cottages from the Grace Darling selection. You can find many accommodation options with fantastic views and cosy, comfortable living. In some cases, this could even include a hot tub or a breath taking view over the bay. Why not book up for half term week, but get in there quick, as there is already limited availability in some of the most popular cottages in the portfolio.