OPEN MIC IN HAWICK
It’s time for the written word to become the spoken word.
The Open Mic returns to the stage at Unit Four: The Cornucopia Room, Towerdykeside, Hawick, on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 2-4pm. This is a great opportunity for writers to share their work with an audience in a friendly, social environment.
Writers are invited to read prose or poetry for a maximum of five minutes, allowing as many people as possible to take part. Work should be suitable for people above 12 years of age.
Due to its popularity, early booking is recommended. Contact Hayley Emberey (email@example.com) for details.
This is a free event open to the public, although donations made will go towards the cost of room hire. Refreshments and home baking will be available at reasonable cost.
SIXTH ANTHOLOGY PUBLISHED
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.
NEW BOOK: WINNER TAKES ALL? by TONI PARKS
At the conclusion of the third annual UK Writers’ Awards, the disappointed intend drowning their sorrows alongside the victorious. That is until Randy Olsson, CEO of the event’s sponsors, concludes his speech with the competition of a lifetime.
Six authors will be nominated to produce manuscripts, but only one can win. As well as the lucrative prize money, Olsson’s company proposes to turn the winning entry into a bestselling book and a blockbuster film, with the victor receiving a guaranteed percentage from each.
In a fair world, untold fame and wealth would follow. But, as Olsson says, ‘The winning manuscript will only be developed as long as the author lives’, a death knell to any fertile imagination. Inevitably, greed takes over, bringing out the worst in some people and dredging up the past in others. Who says writing is a lonely and uneventful profession?
Author Toni Parks* says: “Winner Takes All? is a roller coaster ride that’s steady on the way up, but, once you crest the top, it’s thrills and spills all the way.”
*BWF secretary Tony Parkinson
Do you have a piece of prose or a poem for this year’s anthology, Border Voices on Coast and Countryside? Click on the terms and conditions below.
VENUE UPDATE FOR JANUARY 17, 2019
We’re going up in the world for tomorrow’s (Thursday) monthly meeting at St Boswells Village Hall.
The Lesser Hall, undergoing improvement, is without a carpet, so the Blind Critique session will move to the Upper Hall. The stairs can be accessed through the kitchen or Lesser Hall.
Apologies to those affected by this late change.
Are you a rebel? No? Would you like to meet one? Well, now’s your chance.
Book Week Scotland (November 19-25) is celebrating the writers who tweak the nose of literary convention.
BWF members Tom Murray, Jules Horne and Margaret Skea feature in free (ticketed and unticketed) rebellious events in Kelso, Galashiels and Hawick.
For details and bookings, click on: bookweekscotland.com
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.
Oliver also won the Segora International Writing Competition for his one-act play, The Other Cat.
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.
Well done, Oliver and Margaret.