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

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Open Mic

Many thanks to the writers who supported out first (unofficial) meeting of the 2018/19 programme:

Open Mic @ Museum Room, Chambers Institution, Peebles, on September 1, 2018.

The readers were: Laurna Robertson, Cate Ryan, Campbell Hutcheson, Tony Parkinson, Norma Powers, Christopher Ryan, David Adamson, Pim Claridge, Phillip Hutton, Hayley Emberey, Tom Murray, Jane Pearn, Jenny Anderson, Ros Anderson and Robert Leach.

Formatting a manuscript

Microsoft Word

Got a computer? Thinking of self-publishing? We’re here to help.

It’s time to get to grips with Microsoft Word and the practical steps needed to format a manuscript – for digital output and printed paperback. Members who use the program to produce published work will be on hand to guide you through the process, working in small groups.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, June 21, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the session due to start at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee.

BWF Border Voices Quartet 2018

Visiting Pentland Writers

Carlops or bust

Time to hit the endless grey ribbon. Like Kerouac, we’re on the road…

Members have been invited by Pentland Writers for a social evening at Carlops Village Centre (just north of West Linton) on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 7pm. Cars will be leaving St Boswells at 5.45pm, so, if you’d like to offer or seek a lift, please check with secretary Tony Parkinson on travel options.

Writers should bring a piece of work to read for a five-minute slot and a food item for supper. It would be helpful if food choices could be confirmed to Tony to avoid duplication.

Please note that there will not be a meeting in St Boswells that night. The next home fixture is on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 7 for 7.20pm, when we’ll be looking at self-publishing and how to format a manuscript.

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Time to look back over the past year. Time to anticipate what’s ahead.

Members will be centre stage at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place at St Boswells Village Hall, on Thursday, April 19, at 7pm. This is a chance to comment on any aspect of the BWF’s work since April 2017 and to elect new office-bearers.

After the AGM, members will be given the opportunity to read their work, from any genre. Readings will be restricted to five minutes, although the final timing will depend on how many people wish to read.

So there you have it: double business. This may require double tea and biscuits.

Rowena Aitken

Rowena AitkenIllustrator Rowena Aitken will be our guest speaker at the March meeting.

As well as general book illustration, she specialises in creating vivid and characterful images for children’s books. Rowena’s art features in Ruan: The Little Red Squirrel (2016) and The Kilted Coo (2017), both written by Rachel McGaw.

To see examples of her work, go to http://rowenaaitken.com

The meeting takes place on Thursday, March 15, 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. 

The Kilted Coo

James Robertson

Version 2Award-winning author James Robertson, a writer in Scots and English, is our guest at February’s meeting.

Since publication of a short story collection in 1991, he has written more than 20 books for adults and children. His novels have won the Saltire Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year awards and James has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

His latest book, Michael Marra: Arrest this Moment, celebrates the Dundonian musician, who was a personal friend.

 

The meeting takes place on Thursday, February 15, 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. 

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