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.

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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

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.

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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.