Our first session back after the christmas break is this Sunday! ⚽
All children from age 4 with a disability or additional learning need are welcome to come along with either a parent or carer.
Each of our sessions cost £2 per child to help towards club costs and hall fees.
Look forward to seeing everyone there! ⚽
Our monthly open meetings are free for everyone, both members and non-members. There is the opportunity for informal chat from 10am (over tea or coffee )about the latest Duns and District U3A group activities and the talks begin at 10:30.
History in Historical Novels- Icing on the Cake or Main Ingredient?
Our speaker in January is award-winning author Margaret Skea, who will talk about Authenticity in the Historical Novel.
“Although I now live in the Scottish Borders, I grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, so perhaps it was inevitable that I would one day write about living within conflict and the problems and pressures that diverse loyalties place on families, on relationships, and on personal integrity. ”
The Turn of the Tide is that story, but set in the turbulent clan warfare of 16th century Scotland.
The Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition (pre-publication), it has now been awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014.
The sequel A House Divided was released on 15th October 2016 under my own new imprint Sanderling Books. It was long-listed in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016.
The third volume By Sword and Storm was released in eformat in the summer of 2018 and in print in October 2018 and completes (for the time being) the Munro series.
October 2016 saw the publication of Dust Blowing and Other Stories – a collection of shorts, many of which have won or been placed in national and international competitions, such as Fish, Neil Gunn, Mslexia and Tom Howard.
October 2017 was the Luther 500 Anniversary and to mark it I released Katharina: Deliverance, a fictionalised biography of Katharina von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife.
“One of the best things about seeing my debut novel in print was having the opportunity to meet and chat to readers and to share my experiences with both adults and young adults in a wide variety of contexts, from festivals to book groups.”
I’m sure we are very much looking forward to hearing from Margaret on Jan 21st!
Photo is Alan Titchmarsh announcing Margaret Skea as Historical Fiction Winner In the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition 2011