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freddouglas.jpg Berwick Literary Festival

Berwick Literary Festival 2020 will offer everything from poetry to politics and will be live online with a programme of free events showcasing a range of genres and topics.

This year's programme includes themes such as poetry, history and current affairs. Performers and contributors range from world champion slam poet Harry Baker to political broadcaster and columnist Steve Richards.

There will be poetry and creative writing workshops and Q&As after each Zoom session.

Professor of American Studies Brian Ward, will look at the life and times of Frederick Douglass: the black slave who went on to become a social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman and who's freedom was bought by two Newcastle Quakers. Former NME media editor Stuart Cosgrove will talk about how black music lit up the sixties. This musical revolution is set against a backdrop of social and political turmoil and the extraordinary transformation of boxer Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali.

Other contributors include Tamsin Calidas who gave up a successful career in London to move to a tiny Hebridean Island and wrote an extraordinary memoir 'I am an Island' and Ann Thwaite whose biography's include The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett’ which coincides with a new film of ‘The Secret Garden’, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

15th-18th October, www.berwickliteraryfestival.com