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Melrose Literary Society (founded 1885)

The Society offers stimulating twice-monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere in the Ormiston Institute, Melrose when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers discuss literary topics, ranging from novels to drama, poetry, memoirs and travellers’ tales.

It attracts as speakers both academics and professional writers, and makes an important contribution to the cultural life of Melrose.

For more details, contact our secretary Peter Hoad
Visitors are very welcome.

The 2014/15 season dates and speakers are as follows

7th October Robert Leach The Queen's Men: Elizabethan Theatre and the Early Career of William Shakespeare
21st October Kathy O'Donnell, President of Stirling Literary SocietyRobert Frost - American poet, Scottish roots
4th NovemberProfessor Penny Fielding, Head of Dept of English Literature, Edinburgh University Spies in fiction
11th NovemberMary Craig, Stow.Pilgrim Roads (joint meeting with Melrose Historical and Archeological Association, held in Parish church hall)
6th January Norrie McLeish, SelkirkWill Ogilvie
20th January Tom Murray Scottish Book Trust Reader In Residence to Scottish Borders LibrariesThe work of a writer in residence
3rd February Professor Christopher HarvieHyde and seek – exploring RL Stevenson’s chamber of horrors in 1886
17th February Michael SmithDeath, the Devil and James Hogg
3rd March Professor Ian Campbell, Edinburgh UniversityThey lived unhappily ever after
31st March  AGM

"......and as to Melrose and Abbotsford, the very names possess music and magic." Charlotte Bronte (1850)