Mike Fraser – author of the newly published book on the life of JMW (See above) will be giving a talk on JMW’s life and work. as part of the Berwick Literary Festival. Mike discusses what Wilson’s writings tell us about Berwick in 1834 and Britain then and now.
October 20th – 4:00 pm £5.00 – Holy Trinity Parish Centre
We are pleased to announce that Volume 4 of our Revival Edition of the tales is now available. 6 more original tales re-written and in one case re-imagined for a modern audience, together with companion pieces on their historic context and authenticity or otherwise.
We are also delighted to include three new tales from young writers. The winning entries from last year’s Rotary/Berwick literary festival schools writing competition.
The Fourth chapter of Wilson’s own Biography is included too, seeing him return to Berwick to take up his position at The Berwick Advertiser.
We also include original illustrations and new ones contributed by Berwick artists and a special series of illustrations from Scottish Comic illustrator , Charles Nasmyth, together with photographs of some of the places and people associated with the tales.
19 people have contributed to the publication of this issue which like the original’s gives it an interesting character and a community of interest in the project and Wilson’s works .
Books are being distributed through our usual outlets and are now with Greives in Berwick and available from Greaves West & Ayre office.
For those wanting a copy posted to them directly, please send a cheque for £10 (8.50 +1.50 p&p) payable to “The Wilson’s tales project” , with an address label to: The Wilson’s Tales Project, Mill Farm, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2HP.
See what The Wilson’s Tales Project has been up to recently:
The Wilson’s Tales Project has been awarded funding from Arts Council England Literature and Grants for the Arts, and the Northumberland Coast Sustainable Development Fund for ‘Tales with a Twist‘, incorporating the publication of Volume 4 of Wilson’s Tales of The Borders which will include 6 new interpretations of the tales and 3 new stories by young writers, with original illustrations (See attached)
The funding will also support a performance of ‘The Disasters of Johnny Armstrong’ by Northumberland Theatre Company and ballad singer Poppy Holden singing ‘Fair Helen of Kirkconnel’ at the Watchtower, Berwick-upon Tweed on 19th October.
To place an advance order for Volume 4 or for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wilson’s Tales Project has been invited to provide copies of Wilson’s Tales Volume 3 to major national libraries: The Bodleian Library, Oxford; National Library of Wales; National Library of Scotland; Trinity College Dublin in addition to The British Library. This is wonderful recognition for the Tales which are re-presented in these volumes to be enjoyed by current and future generations. The Volume also includes new stories selected from a competition for local school children. Volume 4 will be published and launched in October at The Berwick Literary Festival. To secure your copy of Volume 3 or place an advance order for Volume 4 contact email@example.com
An event to support the publication is planned for 19th October 2017 with a performance by professional theatre company NTC and a Young People’s Theatre Group. Watch this space for more information!