Parsons hoping to inspire local writers

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Borders writer, playwright and director Arthur Parsons will give a talk to Borders Writers’ Forum on working with a chamber choir, and the challenges and rewards of working with musicians and singers.

The programme will consist of the following sections: The background to the decision to write for a capella chamber choir and the author’s first project. As an exemplar, the processes involved in writing performance poetry for one choral programme and the development of a prose script for one thematic choral programme.

The latest commission: writing a series of dialogues between Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. This seems to require much historical research, dramatic monologues and an understanding of the development of Tudor polyphony. Where do you start? Help will be sought from the audience as an element of panic has already set in!

Arthur says about his talk: “Writing for musicians can offer cures for writers’ block, inspiration for plot ideas, motivation, free entry to concerts, visiting and performing in numerous historic buildings and, on occasions, the temptation to resort to physical violence!”

The meeting is at the Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church, Melrose, on February 19 (7.30pm).