Good News – Due to the success of our first Blind Critique Opportunity at the beginning of the year, we are providing another opportunity for BWF Members only, so join the Forum if you want to join in. It’s a lot of fun and a very useful exercise to read and provide anonymous feedback. Plus, there is the opportunity for the final piece of work to be included in a BWF booklet in 2023, plus the opportunity to submit for a reading at this year’s Borders Book Festival in June 2022. The subject is ‘Memoir’.
See below for the information…have fun going down memory lane.

BWF Friendly guide to Open Mic readings

Peer Critique Opportunity in January 2022, from the comfort of your own home, via email



In one of their post-lockdown live events featuring local artists, the Heart of Hawick, presented a Poetry Slam on Sunday 9th October. Five local poets read their work to the audience, who judged each one subjectively.

The audience had the opportunity to hear some strong poetry from writers living in the Borders. They revealed the creative power of words, written and performed, about as diverse topics as the power of red lipstick to the effects on friends of suicide.

There were three rounds of poetry with contributors reading one of their own poems each time. The marking was carried out by volunteers in the  audience and the outcome was a very close call with only 2 points in it.  The overall winner was Rhys Pearce. Rhys hails from Hassendean and is in his final year at Loretto Senior School, Musselburgh. His poetry is inspiring and very moving.

Jason Moyes, Senior Creative Programming Manger, representing the sponsors, Live Borders, presented his cash prize and spoke of the exceptional writing talent we are lucky to have in The Borders, saying “It has been a privilege to host and sponsor this event at the Heart of Hawick, an open venue which prides itself in offering different events that showcase the many talents in art, theatre and writing that we have in The Borders Region. Further events are planned and all are welcome to attend and or participate.”

Rhys Pearce to the fore, presenters Sara and Thomas left and right. BWF contributors, Carol Myers, Susan Allen and Andrew Paterson behind Rhys.

The Borders Writers Forum has over twenty members and provides a platform for aspiring writers to share knowledge and experiences online and in person. Susan Allen, membership secretary, was one of the competitors as were members,  Carol Byers, and Andrew Paterson.

Prepared by  Carol Byers. For further information about The Borders Writers’ Forum please check out their website or: send an email to the membership secretary:

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All book purchases, the proceeds will go to the Friends of The BGH where Oliver worked for many years as a Doctor. Thanks for the support.

BWF Anthology 2021/22

All entries are now in for this year’s Anthology. Thank you for the high number of contributions. Mike Hutchinson will be in contact shortly to discuss the next stage

Need help with your writing? Then ask a fellow member for assistance.

It’s so easy. Just email your request to the BWF secretary at and we’ll ask our forum members.

Whether you’re searching for an illustrator, an editor, a writing buddy or a manuscript critical reader, hopefully a member will have the experience themselves or contact details offering an alternative solution.

Get connected!

Borders Writers Coast to Countryside Cover


Border Voices: Coast & Countryside was launched in June 2019 at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.

The anthology is on sale, priced £4.99, at Abbey View Cafe & Bookshop in Jedburgh; The Forest Bookstore in Selkirk; and Guess What? in Galashiels. More retail outlets will be added in due course.

The book will also be available at monthly meetings during the new programme, which begins in September 2019.


Two members tasted success leading into the 2018/19 programme.

Oliver Eade won the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Award for Independent Authors: Fiction for Young Adults for The Kelpie’s Eyes, a fantasy novel involving two sisters standing against dark forces.

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Oliver also won the Segora International Writing Competition for his one-act play, The Other Cat.

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Margaret Skea, the BWF chair, was runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award for Katharina: Deliverance, an historical novel about the wife of religious reformer Martin Luther.

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Well done, Oliver and Margaret.