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.

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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

Sarah Painter

It’s a new session. A new start for writers. What’s that? You can’t get started? Don’t worry. Help is at hand.

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Writing coach Sarah Painter is the first guest of the 2019-20 programme and she will be offering tips on how to get those words on the page or computer screen. Her book, Stop Worrying; Start Writing, aims to help writers overcome fear, self-doubt and procrastination.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, September 19, 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.

For more information about Sarah’s work, click on:
sarah-painter.com and The Worried Writer.

This is a Live Literature event funded through the Scottish Book Trust.

Note: As this is the first meeting of 2019-20, it would be helpful if prospective members could bring the £15 annual fee. Payment can be made by cash, card or cheque. See secretary Tony Parkinson for bank transfer details.

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Got your summer reading sorted? You haven’t? Well, help is at hand.

A Book Sale is being held at Borders General Hospital on Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, 2019, from 9am ’til 5pm on both days. The table will be set up on the ground floor at the foot of the main staircase.

The latest BWF anthology, Border Voices: Coast and Countryside, will be available as well as a wide selection of books published by members. Payment can be made by cash or card.

Thanks to members who have offered to assist at the table. If you can spare some time on either day, please contact secretary Tony Parkinson (tony65parkinson@gmail.com) to check on coverage options.

This is the last official engagement of the 2018/19 programme, so pop along to the BGH, have a browse and enjoy a natter with the folks manning the table. And bring some pennies to help the cause.

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Robert Leach leads a reading of Top Girls, a play by Caryl Churchill.

The event takes place on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Institute, Melrose.

A light supper will be provided. Members are invited to bring savoury or sweet food and should contact Tony Parkinson (tony65parkinson@gmail.com) and Ros Anderson (ros1921@btinternet.com), who are co-ordinating these donations.

Note: There will be no meeting in St Boswells Village Hall.

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Lots happening in June, so get your diary marked.

Friday, June 7, from 9am
Book Sale at Sainsbury’s, Kelso
Members wishing to sell their books should contact a committee member or deliver copies on the day to the table in the store at Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate.

Thursday, June 13, at 4.30pm
Borders Book Festival at Harmony Garden, Melrose
Join us in the Buccleuch Marquee for the launch of the new anthology, Border Voices: Coast and Countryside, and the 2019/20 programme. Tickets, priced £6, can be bought online at Borders Book Festival or at the festival bookshop on the day. The anthology and members’ books will be on sale at the back of the marquee after the event.

Thursday, June 20, at 7.30pm
Joint social with Melrose Literary Society at the Ormiston Institute, Melrose
A play reading of Top Girls by Caryl Churchill followed by a discussion. A light supper will be provided. Members are invited to bring savoury or sweet food and should contact Tony Parkinson (tony65parkinson@gmail.com) and Ros Anderson (ros1921@btinternet.com), who are co-ordinating these donations.

So don’t turn up at St Boswells Village Hall. You’ll feel alone and rather foolish.

Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, from 9am, both days
Book Sale at Borders General Hospital
Members wishing to sell their books can hand them to the committee at the Borders Book Festival or the joint social night in Melrose.

Robert Leach

IMG_2077Robert Leach has worked as a journalist, school teacher, university lecturer and theatre director. He has acted professionally in the USA and directed in Moscow. A former chair of the Borders’ Writers Forum, Robert has written many books on drama and theatre, as well as poetry and travel.

He will be leading a workshop on the principles of theatre and drama. Come and try acting or just watch how theatre is created.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, May 16, 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.

Conf.Bubble-AGMCan you recall the BWF’s activities since April 2018? Well, here’s a handy reminder.

It’s time for the Annual General Meeting, which takes place at St Boswells Village Hall, on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 7pm. This is a chance to comment on any aspect of the BWF’s work over the past year and to elect new office-bearers.

After the AGM, members will have the opportunity to read their work, from any genre. Readings will be restricted to five minutes, although the final timing will depend on how many people wish to read.

Go on. Dazzle us.