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. Is a lot of fun and a very useful exercise to hear anonymous feedback, plus 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.

Writing Opportunity for all Writers…

We want to let you know about a project that Edinburgh International Book Festival has just launched, called Scotland’s Stories Now. We are inviting writers from all over Scotland to submit their own 500-word stories responding to the prompt ‘On this day’. These can be fiction or non-fiction, in the form of prose, poetry, songs or play-scripts and can be submitted in a range of formats including text, sound files, video files or images.

Submissions are open now and will close on Sunday 3 April, and submitted stories will be published online. The project will culminate at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2022, where visitors will be able to create and share stories, as well as hear the stories that have already been told through the open submissions process.

You can find out more, upload stories and take a look at our ‘On This Day’ prompts by exploring our Scotland’s Stories Now webpage and reading the project’s press release. I hope Scotland’s Stories Now might be of interest to you.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact: or

Genevieve Fay

Communities Programme Officer

Edinburgh International Book Festival 

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event videos and podcasts / @edbookfest  

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on the road in communities around Scotland 

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Borders Writers Forum would like to state is endorsing the Distance Awareness Initiative during the Covid pandemic. See the link for more information: Please note badges and lanyards are available free from Scottish Borders libraries or by post from various charities. (It’s actually hard to download and make a usable badge!) These are welcome to be worn at any future BWF live events.

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Our next live meeting hopefully will be on 17th March 2022 where Rosemary Goring will be joining us to discuss her latest book Scotland – Her Story. See poster below for details.

BWF Friendly guide to Open Mic readings

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

Tom Bryan - Scottish Book Trust
Tom Bryan’s ‘Poetry: a house with many rooms’ event is a zoom talk on Thursday November 18th: 7pm for 7.15pm start (if you’re not a BWF member, don’t worry, can still participate for a fiver wherever you are in the world:) Email: for more information.

Tom has been a published poet for 35 years and has also written short stories and a novel and loves reading his poems to others.
He was a founder member of BWF and Writer in Residence for the Borders (and previously in other parts of Scotland) for many years during which time he founded The Eildon Tree magazine. He also plays the harmonica!
He sadly lost his wife recently and she was a brilliant poet too and also a founder member of BWF. He has certainly contributed a great deal to the literary life of the Scottish Borders through his poetry and prose and enthusiasm in encouraging others with the introduction of The Eildon Tree publication many years ago.



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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Please kindly leave a comment good or bad through the link if have read the book. See link below:

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.

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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.


A new literary festival, Literally@Newbattle, is being held on April 26 and 27, 2019, at Newbattle Abbey College in Midlothian.

The programme can be viewed and downloaded at the link below.

Literally All Happening at Newbattle


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.