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Books Editorial

berwicklit19.jpg Berwick Lit Festival. Booked!

Berwick is justifiably proud of its position as a vibrant hub of literary talent, and this reaches its most visible manifestation with October’s super literary festival.

It will be all done and dusted in four days, but my, what a four days it’s going to be. There’s a plethora of authors heading to Berwick and the town will positively thrum with talks, workshops and performances. I can’t go into the full programme here, but I have picked out a few of my own highlights. Victorian fiction expert Richard Moore will be holding ‘In a Glass Darkly’, which will see him discussing the origins of gothic via Edgar Allan Poe (pictured), Robert Louis Stephenson and Bram Stoker. There will also be a performance of Virginia Woolf’s magic-realist ‘Orlando’, with Michael Ayton giving a pre-production talk. Dan Jackson will be exploring the roots of Northumbrian culture in ‘The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People: A New History’, while Brian Ward will present ‘Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African-American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England’. Ursula Buchan, granddaughter of John Buchan will be along to chat about her well-received biography ‘Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps, a Life of John Buchan’, and ‘Thomas Hardy’s Tortured Vocation’ will be discussed by the honorary Assistant Bishop of London, Newcastle and Southwark, Stephen Platten. Grab the full programme, from the website, below.

Berwick Literary Festival, Thursday 17-Sunday 20 October. berwickliteraryfestival.com