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The return of Berwick Literary Festival!

This year’s Berwick Literary Festival begins next Thursday with its first programme of live events since 2019.

This year's festival, the ninth in total, takes place from October 13 to 16 and there are more than 20 live events on the weekend of October 15 and 16.

Speakers are travelling from as far as Brighton in the south and Nairn in Scotland, as well as local writers based in Berwick.

With big names like Alexander McCall Smith, Chris Brookmyre and Kathleen Jamie, and with live poetry readings and a wealth of history sessions, interest has been strong, as some events have already sold out and others are almost full.

Berwick Literary Festival chairman Michael Gallico said: “We are using new venues like the Black & Gold for new topics such as the history of speedway, as well as the Guildhall for the ‘crowd-pullers’.

“If anyone hasn’t been to the festival before, I think they’ll be impressed by the range of speakers this year. If you have been before – welcome back!”

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