Theresa Breslin

Theresa BreslinAward-winning author Theresa Breslin has written more than 50 books for readers of all ages.

Her work covers folklore, historical novels, humour, fantasy, short stories, poetry and plays. She specialises in children’s fiction and her 1994 novel, Whispers in the Graveyard, won the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature. Theresa’s most recent novel, The Rasputin Dagger, is set at the time of the Russian Revolution.

For more information, click here: www.theresabreslin.co.uk

The meeting takes place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

STOP PRESS: Congratulations to Theresa on being awarded the 2019 Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Elspeth Turner

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When it comes to co-authoring a book, what are the principles and practicalities of working in a partnership? Does a double act create potential pitfalls and problems?

Elspeth Turner and Donald Smith collaborated on Tweed Dales: Journeys and Evocations, a travelogue which draws on the people, events, stories and folklore of the Scottish Borders. 

Elspeth, a fomer senior lecturer in economic and social history at Edinburgh University, will join us to describe how she and Donald combined their writing to produce the book.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of
St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

Blind Critique

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You’ve written a piece of prose or poetry. It seems okay, but what might a reader make of it? Time to seek some advice.

Our first meeting of 2019 will be a “blind critique” session. It works like this:
* Bring five copies of your prose (500 words max) or poetry (two max).
* Don’t put your name on the written material, so that you remain anonymous.
* Groups of four or five people will read and discuss your work.
* You will receive constructive comment and feedback.

It’s an informal opportunity for people to cast an eye over new material and help a writer in his/her quest to improve their work. We’ll focus on the positive.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Upper Hall* of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING ROOM

Celebrate Christmas

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STOP PRESS: Christmas* will be on Thursday, December 13, this year. 

St Boswells Village Hall is the place to be from 7pm for an evening of games, readings, book sales, festive food and drink. Bring along an item to read and/or something nice to nibble. Donations on the night will go to Blackwell’s Christmas Appeal. 

*Fib. It’s still December 25. Have a great day, folks.

Genre Taster

UPDATE – NOVEMBER 15 MEETING

Fancy some genre taster activities against the clock? Like to try (mostly) everything from haiku, flash fiction to memoir?

You would? Great. Come to St Boswells Village Hall tomorrow at 7pm and Anne Stormont will lead the session. Bring a notepad and pen. 

Plus bonus input from committee members.

*A BWF Seat-of-the-Pants Production*

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Margaret Skea

Margaret Skea will lead an interactive discussion about creating convincing dialogue in fiction.

PortraitUnsure about how to give voice to your characters? Worried that your dialogue is drifting towards he said/she said territory? The BWF chair will show how to make dialogue sparkle.

Margaret is an award-winning writer of historical fiction and her latest book, Katharina: Deliverance, is an account of the life of Katharina Von Bora, wife of religious reformer Martin Luther.

For further details, go to www.margaretskea.com

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The meeting takes places on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the talk beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee.

Bernard MacLaverty

IMG_1528Bernard MacLaverty is an award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, short story writer and librettist.

His 1997 novel, Grace Notes, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and his latest work, Midsummer Break, was chosen as Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017. Bernard also wrote the screenplay for his 1983 novel, Cal, a film starring Helen Mirren and John Lynch.

Born and raised in Belfast, he now lives in Glasgow.

For more information, go to: www.bernardmaclaverty.com

The meeting takes place on Thursday, September 20, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the talk due to start at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee. 

Those wishing to join the BWF for 2018-19 are invited to pay the £15 membership fee on the night or make arrangements to pass it to treasurer Sarah Johnston before the October meeting.

This is a Live Literature session funded through the Scottish Book Trust