Berwick is set to stage its first literary festival next year with hopes that it could attract many visitors to the town.
Several published authors and illustrators have made Berwick their home in recent years and it is hoped they will take part in the event.
It is being organised by the reformed Berwick Events Group and has been pencilled in for October 17-19, 2014.
Canon Christopher Smith, group secretary, said: “We think a literary festival could work very well in Berwick, perhaps based on the Dickens link with the King’s Arms and children’s literature.”
A meeting of local published authors and illustrators is being held in Berwick Library on Monday, September 9 at 6pm to discuss ways of taking the plan forward.
“We hope they will be able to give us ideas on how they might be able to contribute,” said Mr Smith.
Award-winning authors and illustrators such as Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom, Helen Stephens and Vanessa Cabban have helped to put Berwick on the literary map in recent years.
Mick said: “I think it is an inspired idea to seek funding to hold a literary festival in Berwick – a festival that will seek to be of interest to all ages whatever their choice of reading matter.
“The organisers have ambitions to reach out to a national audience - and why not?
“It will continue the long term initiatives of attracting much needed visitors to the town and diversification; raising Berwick’s profile beyond that of caravan park destination. If the ball starts rolling and more importantly, the town rolls with it, a Berwick Book Festival could become a reality that grows in strength from year to year. Let’s hope so.”