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.
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Borders Writers Forum would like to state is endorsing the Distance Awareness Initiative during the Covid pandemic.  See the link for more information:
Distance Aware
Please note badges and lanyards are available free from Scottish Borders libraries or by post from various charities. (It's actually hard to download and make a usable badge!) These are welcome to be worn at any future BWF live events.

Programme – for 2021/22

Meetings

****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

Tom Bryan - Scottish Book Trust


Tom has been a published poet for 35 years and has also written short stories and a novel and loves reading his poems to others.
He was a founder member of BWF and Writer in Residence for the Borders (and previously in other parts of Scotland) for many years during which time he founded The Eildon Tree magazine. He also plays the harmonica!
He sadly lost his wife recently and she was a brilliant poet too and also a founder member of BWF. He has certainly contributed a great deal to the literary life of the Scottish Borders through his poetry and prose and enthusiasm in encouraging others.


From November 2021 Literature sessions will start 7.00 for a 7.15pm whether via Zoom or face2face.
If unclear about anything please contact us on borderwritersforum@gmail.com . The committee are trying to be as fluid and flexible as possible to comply with changing Covid regulations, the weather and hall availability.

Membership Fee

The membership fee for 2021-22 is held at £15. This entitles a member to log in to all online Zoom sessions and to attend future live events. Membership runs from1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022 (inclusive). The guest fee for non-members is £5.00 per session, including refreshments (when normal service is resumed). While the Covid restrictions remain in place we recommend attendees bring their own refreshments.

For payment details and any clarification, please email borderswritersforum@gmail.com