Festival announces line-up

The programma has been announced for this year's Berwick Literary Festival.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 20 May, 2017, 11:58
Brita Granström and Mick Manning tell 'The Story of Britian' during a schools workshop at Berwick Literary Festival

Taking place from October 19 to 22, there will be a wide range of stimulating and entertaining participants, including an award-winning radio and TV poet, a debut novelist praised by literary superstar Margaret Atwood, a rock guitarist, now author, who is used to playing to thousands of people, and a poetry publisher whose most famous fan is Meryl Streep.

This festival prides itself, however, on not only attracting speakers of national renown, but also on promoting Northumberland authors, and this year is no exception, with many of the sessions being allocated to talented regional speakers.

Among a number of contributing historians Max Adams should be especially popular as he will take his audience on a journey of the imagination in search of the Dark Ages and the North’s unique sense of identity.

Katrina Porteous and Alice Burn provided a highlight of last year’s festival and will return by popular demand with a new programme of poetry and music.

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Controversial contemporary issues will not be ignored as Rhodri Jones will describe the development of surveillance methods, while Peter Townsend will illuminate the dark side of current technological trends.

As always, a significant portion of the festival is given over to stimulating sessions for children. This year the keynote activity for the younger children is a presentation by Stuart Reid, a borders children’s author, who has written a series of books for primary to middle school ages about a character called Gorgeous George.

For more information see www.berwickliteraryfestival.com