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Making Walls Speak – a writers’ workshop

Budding writers are being invited along to one of the Borders most iconic locations to learn how space can be used to inspire and create authentic historical fiction.

Award winning novelist Margaret Skea will be leading a workshop at Mary Queen of Scots House, Jedburgh on Wednesday, September 6 with a view to encouraging participants to consider how to transport readers to another place and time.

With specific reference to the historical artefacts, architecture and setting of Mary Queen of Scots House, Margaret will discuss and illustrate how focusing on place can inspire plot and how detail can be used to create atmospheric and authentic historical fiction.

"The best historical fiction gives the reader a 'you are there' experience,” she explained, “the key to achieving this is to focus on details and get them right."

The project is funded by Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Funding as part of the Borders Heritage Festival 2017 and delivered through a partnership between Live Borders Museums, Libraries and Archives and Arts & Creativity, Scottish Borders Council, and Borders Heritage Forum.

Museum Curator, Shona Sinclair said: “We are delighted that Margaret Skea has chosen to use Mary Queen of Scots’ House to explore how authors can use the past to develop new works of fiction.

“The backdrop of the building and the artefacts on display will hopefully inspire participants to put pen to paper.”

Cost: Free, but booking essential, as places are limited. For booking call 01835863331 or email jedburghmuseums@liveborders1.org.uk


For more information on Margaret Skea visit www.margaretskea.com

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