Open Mic


Open Mic showcases local writers’ prose and poetry and celebrates the spoken word.

These free events, which have been held in Kelso, Peebles, Jedburgh, Melrose, St Boswells and Hawick, are open to non-members as well as a listening audience. Refreshments are available at a small cost.

Reading slots are timed to last a maximum of five minutes (around 700 words of prose). In preparation for the Open Mic, participants are advised to time the work they wish to read. For further details, click this link: A Friendly Guide to Open Mic Events for BWF Readers

To book a reading slot, call Hayley Emberey at 07923 129928 or email

Festive Social with Quiz & Open Mic, 16 December 2021:

Here are some delightful readings from some of our readers from this year’s Festive Open Mic evening. Enjoy….

“The Camino” by Michael Hutchinson

Here are two excerpts from the first draft of a longer, unfinished piece.

Rosalyn M Anderson – Luck

Rosalyn M Anderson – Aglow