Welcome

“You’ve come to write as free men, women and children, and free men, women and children you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you write?”

“We all have a book, a memoir, a story to tell, go back in time as far as you can remember, for each lifetime has something to reveal to you.”

We welcome writers of all abilities, interests and genres. The Borders Writers’ Forum is a friendly and supportive group for anyone in the Scottish Borders who writes or has an interest in writing.

For any clarification about anything related to the Forum, please email borderswritersforum@gmail.com

Our aims are to:

  • Promote and raise the profile of contemporary local writers;
  • Provide a focus for writing related events in the Scottish Borders;
  • Provide networking opportunities;
  • Support professional development through talks, regular reading opportunities and workshops;
  • Provide opportunities for writers to present and promote their work, including sale of books.

Meetings

BWF Open Mic Evening

Where does inspiration come from? Well, to judge from the Open Mic evening at the Borders Writers Forum, it can come from almost anywhere. We were treated to readings of poetry, short stories, memoir, flash fiction and the prologue from a novel due for imminent publication.  

Inspiration for these writings had come from nature – not only the beauty and peace of our local landscape but also a hungry ostrich; history, where delving into family history provided explosive revelations and also a new female perspective on the Battle of Hastings; the benefits and perils of technology where it is possible to track down lost items that bring back memories, but provide no hiding place for secret liaisons; and politics with a poem about a bold plan which brought us right up to date on the Conservative Party roller coaster. Last, but not least we learned a new word – “Puggies” from family holidays in seaside arcades.

A great evening for all who take joy from working with words.

****Press release****

Rosemary Goring, successful journalist, author, editor, and columnist was guest speaker at The Borders Writer’s Forum Literary Event, held in the beautiful Smith Memorial Hall at Darnick, on 17 March 2022.


Rosemary’s talk was in two parts. In the first half she explained her motivation and fascination with the role and successes of women in history, allowing their stories to be heard putting them rightfully into the forefront of the nation’s history. Such stories have often been ignored or stolen in male dominated societies. Rosemary gave a brief summary of a few of the 150 non-fiction accounts contained in her most recent book: Scotland – Her Story. Rosemary’s fascinating take on this oversight has proven a big success, gaining mostly 4 and 5 star reviews from readers, as it provides a unique perspective on dramatic national events as well as ordinary life as experienced by women down the centuries. The audience’s appetite and creative grey cells were certainly whetted as the evening turned into an educational treat.


In the second half, Rosemary gave her attention to the statement: ‘Non-fiction is easier to write than fiction.’ In Rosemary’s experience, each genre has its pitfalls, difficulties, and rewards. Members of the audience were keen to raid Rosemary’s extensive knowledge and insight into how to research and publish non-fiction and she gave some good tips on how she brought this published book into print. The members of the audience were enthralled listening to some of the stories, some of which were harrowing, some humorous, but all sadly mostly forgotten in the history books. Rosemary encouraged the interaction of sharing both her and the audience’s experiences, resulting in a delightful and stimulating evening for all who helped make it a well attended evening. The hall was certainly buzzing with excitement at the end!


The book is available in hardback and paperback on Amazon.
For more information about Rosemary check out: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/authors/rosemary-goring
For more information about The Borders Writer’s Forum go to: https://borderswritersforumorguk.wordpress.com/
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Borders Writer’s Forum and/or going on the mailing list please contact: bwfsusan@gmail.com


From November 2021 Literary sessions will start 7.00 for a 7.15pm whether via Zoom or face2face.
Need clarification? Please contact us at borderwritersforum@gmail.com. The committee aim to be as fluid and flexible as possible to accommodate Covid regulations, the weather, and hall availability.

Membership Fee 2022/23

The membership fee for 2022-23 is held at £15. This entitles a member to log in to online Zoom sessions and to attend live events. Membership runs from1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023 (inclusive). The guest fee for non-members is £5.00 per session, including refreshments at literary sessions.

For payment details and any clarification, please click the Becoming a Member tab or email borderswritersforum@gmail.com