Anthologies

Border Voices: Coast & Countryside

Borders Writers Coast to Countryside Cover

The sixth anthology, published in June 2019, sees members reflect on the theme of Coast & Countryside.

Priced £4.99 and available at BWF meetings, via committee members and Borders bookshops. See News page for latest outlets.

Border Voices: Abridged

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There are more than 3,000 bridges in the Scottish Borders. In this fifth anthology, members explore physical, emotional and metaphorical bridges through prose and poetry.

Priced £4.99 and available at BWF meetings and from committee members.

ISBN 978-0-9926261-5-0

Border Voices on Waverley and Other Railways

Published to coincide with the opening of the Borders Railway in September 2015, the fourth anthology offers a selection of poetry and prose inspired by railways and railway journeys around the world.

Priced £4.99 and available at BWF meetings and from committee members.

ISBN 978-0-9567128-3-7

Border Voices on Scottish Borders and Beyond

The third anthology from Borders Writers’ Forum explores frontiers that have meaning in our changing world. Stories, history, opinion and poetry inspired by the region and writers’ links to other lands.

Priced £5.99 and available at BWF meetings and from committee members.

ISBN 978-0-9567128-1-3

Border Voices on Borders Ruins

The second Borders Writers’ Forum collection of stories, tales, history and poetry is inspired by the places, people and landscape of the Scottish Borders, some familiar, others less well-known.

Priced £4.99 and available at BWF meetings and from committee members.

ISBN 978-0-9567128-0-6

Border Voices

The first anthology from the Borders Writers’ Forum presents a taster of members’ writing.

No longer in stock.

***Great News***

Oliver Eade’s latest historical medicine novel ‘In The Blink of An Eye’ is a finalist at this years’ Page Turner Awards

Please kindly leave a comment good or bad through the link if have read the book. See link below:

https://pageturnerawards.com/book-award-2021/in-the-blink-of-an-eye

Purchased copies, all monies will go to the Friends of the BGH – https://www.justgiving.com/friendsofbgh

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The Annual General Meeting will take place (via Zoom) on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7pm. Joining details to follow.

On the night, nominations will be taken for any member wishing to join the committee and take an active role in the running of the BWF. 

The AGM should take approximately one hour and will be followed by an Open Mic event, where members will be able to read from their own work. Each reading should be no longer than five minutes. Those who wish to read should email hayleyemberey@gmail.com. Participation will be limited to the first 10 members requesting a slot.

Olga Wojtas

Olga Wojtas is a writer of post-modern crime fiction.

In a talk entitled The Plot Thickens, she outlines her journey from writing the occasional short story to writing novels about a time-travelling librarian.

Olga will be discussing her work on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7pm via an online call on Zoom.

Zooming towards Christmas

Gather around – in an online style – for the Christmas Zoom Night on Thursday, December 10, 2020, starting at 7pm.

Bring your own drinks and nibbles and settle down for a festive quiz and an evening of members reading their latest writings or work with a Christmas theme. Ten members can each read for a maximum of five minutes. If you’d like to book a slot, email hayleyemberey@gmail.com

Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff is an award-winning author of supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers.

As a screenwriter, the Californian has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios. 

She is also the leader of the acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her workbooks and blog. Alexandra will be sharing her advice in a Zoom session on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 7pm.

Online access for paid-up members is free. Non-members can join the session at a cost of £3 (payment by bank transfer). For details, contact secretary Tony Parkinson (tony65parkinson@gmail.com).  

This is a Live Literature event in association with the Scottish Book Trust.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting has been rearranged for Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7pm. Business will be conducted via Zoom. Details have been sent to members.

After the AGM, there will be an Open Mic, allowing members to read their recent writing for a maximum of five minutes. Participation will be limited to the first 10 members who inform secretary Tony Parkinson of their wish to read.

Andrew Ayre

IMG_2748In 1832, John Mackay Wilson, editor of the Berwick Advertiser, began publishing local stories. Two years later, he published the first collection, Wilson’s Tales of the Borders, and of Scotland. The weekly tales continued after his death for a further five years.

The Wilson’s Tales Project aims to bring more than 400 local stories to modern audiences. Andrew Ayre, the project’s director, will be our guest to talk about the life and works of JM Wilson and his literary legacy.

For more information, click on: wilsonstales.co.uk

The meeting takes place on Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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

Right. You’ve written some poetry or prose. It looks okay (to you), but what might a reader make of your work? Time to find out.

Our first meeting of 2020 will be a “blind critique” session. It works like this:
* Bring five paper 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.
* Small groups of 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 16, 2020, 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.

A Christmas celebration

Screen Shot 2019-11-26 at 14.31.11Ready for some festive fun? Then you need to be at the BWF Christmas Night. Here’s what’s on offer:

Open Mic – Members will have the opportunity to read their work (maybe with a festive theme) in a five-minute slot. Check the Open Mic page for details on how it operates.

Book Swap – Bring along a favourite book you’d be happy to donate and swap it for another. Just add £1 to the kitty for each swap. Money will be donated to Blackwell’s
Giving Tree, which provides Christmas books for children in need.

Book Sales – Members can sell their own books at the event, with £1 from every sale going to Blackwell’s Giving Tree.

Food and drink – Bring something savoury or sweet to share in a buffet for partygoers. Drinks will be provided.

The fun begins on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 7pm in St Boswells Village Hall.

A warm welcome extends to non-members, who will be admitted free of charge. Please note that only members can read their work at the Open Mic.

Note: St Boswells Village Hall is not available on December 12, the date scheduled in the BWF programme 2019/20.

Jules Horne

Does your dialogue lack drama? What are your characters really saying?

Jules Horne can help unravel the mysteries of dynamic interaction and give your words added zing and meaning. This practical workshop, Dialogue and Subtext, will delve deeper into the world of dramatic techniques.

Born in Hawick, Jules is a playwright, fiction writer and Open University tutor on creative writing.  Two of her plays have won Fringe First awards and she is a founding member of the new Borders Pub Theatre collective.

IMG_2633The meeting takes place on Thursday, November 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.

Click on www.method-writing.com and www.juleshorne.com

And don’t forget about the Open Mic afternoon in Hawick on November 2, 2019. See News page.

Margaret Skea

Have you considered being a full-time writer? What abilities and resources do you need to develop and sustain a career involving the written word? Margaret Skea can help.

The award-winning writer of historical fiction will give tips on how to raise your profile and find outlets for your work, as well as offering ways to increase your income.

Portrait

Margaret’s recent work has included a fictionalised biography of Katharina von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther. The first book in the series was runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, October 17, 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.

Author details at margaretskea.com