Tree climbs to new heights

“AN event to remember” is how Eildon Tree co-editor Julian Colton described their open-mic event in support of the 16 Days of Action to end violence against women.

Held in Heart of Hawick, a healthy attendance of people from across the Borders and from as far away as Stirling came to the event, organised by Julian and fellow editors Tom Murray and Carol Norris.

With floor readings in the first half focusing exclusively on works by women writers, the audience enjoyed an eclectic mix ranging from the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead to Daphne du Maurier, Colette and even Elizabeth David’s recipes.

Others included lesser known Scottish writers such as Meg Bateman, Tessa Ransford and Polly Clark.

In the second half of the event attendees performed their own writing.

Julian said: “Clearly there are more than enough original poets and writers in our midst to continue the great Borders writing tradition. Supported by a brilliant set of fiddle tunes from Selkirk’s Fiddlin’ Chiks, this was an event to remember.”

Now in its 12th year, The Eildon Tree attempts to foster the best of local writing talent.

The next edition of The Eildon Tree magazine is out soon.