IMG_2236Joint social with Melrose Literary Society 

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.

Theresa Breslin

Theresa BreslinAward-winning author Theresa Breslin has written more than 50 books for readers of all ages.

Her work covers folklore, historical novels, humour, fantasy, short stories, poetry and plays. She specialises in children’s fiction and her 1994 novel, Whispers in the Graveyard, won the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature. Theresa’s most recent novel, The Rasputin Dagger, is set at the time of the Russian Revolution.

For more information, click here: www.theresabreslin.co.uk

The meeting takes place on Thursday, March 21, 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.

STOP PRESS: Congratulations to Theresa on being awarded the 2019 Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award.

Elspeth Turner

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When it comes to co-authoring a book, what are the principles and practicalities of working in a partnership? Does a double act create potential pitfalls and problems?

Elspeth Turner and Donald Smith collaborated on Tweed Dales: Journeys and Evocations, a travelogue which draws on the people, events, stories and folklore of the Scottish Borders. 

Elspeth, a fomer senior lecturer in economic and social history at Edinburgh University, will join us to describe how she and Donald combined their writing to produce the book.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, February 21, 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.

Blind Critique

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You’ve written a piece of prose or poetry. It seems okay, but what might a reader make of it? Time to seek some advice.

Our first meeting of 2019 will be a “blind critique” session. It works like this:
* Bring five copies of your prose (500 words max) or poetry (two max).
* Don’t put your name on the written material, so that you remain anonymous.
* Groups of four or five people will read and discuss your work.
* You will receive constructive comment and feedback.

It’s an informal opportunity for people to cast an eye over new material and help a writer in his/her quest to improve their work. We’ll focus on the positive.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Upper 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.

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING ROOM