Project secures Wilson Memorial plaque from Tweedmouth Scotch Church

The Wilson’s Tales Project have secured an important piece of Wilson memorabilia. A three foot Brass Memorial Plaque has come to light and been purchased by the Project.

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A local man came forward at the Bygone Borderlands event to say that he knew of the whereabouts of a plaque which had been made IN 1904 to mark Wilson’s centenary. The Wilson’s Tales Project has since been able to negotiate the purchase of it.

Andrew Ayre, project director, said of the plaque “This is really quite an exciting find for the Project, and it shows that there was still considerate interest and recognition of Wilson and his project at the time.”

The Plaque used to be at the old Scotch Church in Tweedmouth, which was in the west end, round the corner from our partners at Berwick Watchtower gallery (See it on this map, marked as Presbyterian Church).”

We think the Church was knocked down in the 1970s, but if anyone has any information regarding Tweedmouth Scotch Church we would be interested to know. You can contact us on aa@wilsonstales.co.uk, leave a comment at the bottom of the page, message us on Facebook or tweet us @WilsonsTales

The Plaque reads:

IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION,
AND
TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY
OF
JOHN MACKAY WILSON
BORN AUGUST 18TH 1804. DIED OCT: 2ND 1835
AUTHOR AND EDITOR
OF THE
“TALES OF THE BORDERS”
AND THROUGHOUT LIFE ASSOCIATED
WITH
TWEEDMOUTH SCOTCH CHURCH.
HIS ADMIRERS, AT HOME AND ABROAD,
HAVE RAISED THIS
MEMORIAL
DEC: 1904

That he had admirers “at home and abroad” willing to raise a memorial 69 years after his death shows that Wilson’s Tales really did have a worldwide following, hence The Wilson’s Tales Project has potential to bring in tourism to the Borders from outside of the areas covered in the Tales.

The Wilson’s Tales Project hopes to put the plaque on display at Berwick Library for Heritage Open Days between the 12th and the 15th of September.

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The Wilson’s Tales Project film award at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Deadline extended

Aspiring Film makers now have until Tuesday, 30th July to express interest and enter, by clicking here or contact – Charlie Gregory, Festival Coordinator on charlie@berwickfilm-artsfest.com or 01289 303355. Filmakers then have until Friday 30th August 2013 to deliver finished film/s to the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival on DVD.

The Wilson’s Tales Award is a cash prize, in partnership with Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

We are offering an award to aspirational filmmakers to re-interpret one of the Tales.

The Award Scheme is seeking to encourage local, aspirational filmmakers or non-professional filmmaking groups to consider re-telling one of the Wilson’s early tales in a modern filmed media format.

This year’s selection is “The Faithful Wife”, a story connected with the Battle of Flodden, which is also being commemorated this year.

There will be a cash prize of £300, and a runner up prize of £200, donated by the Wilson’s Tales Project.

Filmmakers are invited to make a short film re-interpreting the tale of not less than 1 minute and not more than 15 minutes duration.

You can read The Faithful Wife here

For further information, and to enter, click here or contact – Charlie Gregory, Festival Coordinator on charlie@berwickfilm-artsfest.com or 01289 303355.

Anna Emmins looking forward to paxton Literary Festival

Anna Emmins, A.K.A Electric Penelope, is “really looking forward to” playing at the Paxton Literary Festival on the 7th of September. She will be giving two performances of “The Ballad of the World’s Vanity”, from Wilson’s Tales of the Borders, which she has been setting to music especially for the event. There will be a 3pm matinee and 7:30pm evening performances in the Music Room at Paxton House. Emmins hasn’t performed there before, but has seen other musicians there, so is excited for the “fabulous acoustics” which the room has to offer.
Emmins is also excited to see “Lord Kames’s Puzzle”, a radio play by Rob Wilkinson, who she describes as “a fabulous writer”, also adapted from one of Wilson’s Tales. “Lord Kames’s Puzzle” will be showing before “The Ballad of the World’s Vanity” at the Paxton Literary Festival.
As well as Emmins the evening performance will also include “The Vacant Chair” by local storyteller Mary Kenny and a talk on Wilson’s Tales by Andrew Ayre. The Matinee will include a speech by local historian Jim Herbert, two tales from storyteller John Nichol finishing with Emmins’ ballad.
“The Ballad of the World’s Vanity” has been a different creative process from Anna’s usual work. It started well, “The first three verses were no problem” but as the ballad is in 14 verses, Emmins has found it “a challenge”. Because of the length of the Ballad Emmins can’t just write “a basic song”, as that would get repetitive, so the difficulty has come in adding variation throughout, which has been “tricky”. But Emmins says is “is the sort of challenge that I like”
“This is what I like to do, I like to do things that benefit the community, and this fits in well because I am already a songwriter … music is what I’m good at”.
Emmins is producing “The Ballad of the World’s Vanity” in association with the Wilson’s Tales Project, whose aim is to bring new life to a series of tales from the borders which were published in the 1800s. The Paxton Literary Festival is the Project’s first event, and Emmins is excited to see how it goes down.
“It’s the first time something like this has been done in this part of the World. It’s all authentic to this area and local people are taking the local Tales and putting their own individuality on them”
“My song is a small part of the festival so it will be good to see what the other performers have done with the tales – I will be able to experience it without knowing what to expect just like the rest of the audience”
If you wish to be in the audience for this ground-breaking event, tickets are available from the Maltings Theatre and Cinema in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Anna Emmins

The Wilson’s Tales Project and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announce £500 worth of film awards

The Wilson’s Tales Project is pleased to announce a cash prize, in partnership with Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

We are offering an award to aspirational filmmakers to re-interpret one of the Tales.

The Award Scheme is seeking to encourage local, aspirational filmmakers or non-professional filmmaking groups to consider re-telling one of the Wilson’s early tales in a modern filmed media format.

This year’s selection is “The Faithful Wife”, a story connected with the Battle of Flodden, which is also being commemorated this year.

There will be a cash prize of £300, and a runner up prize of £200, donated by the Wilson’s Tales Project.

Filmmakers are invited to make a short film re-interpreting the tale of not less than 1 minute and not more than 15 minutes duration.

You can read The Faithful Wife here

Entries should be notified in advance by 30th July 2013 at the latest. The finished film/s should be delivered to the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival on DVD by 30th August 2013.

The films will be judged by a Jury and winning entry will be shown as part of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th September 2013.

For further information, and to enter, click here or contact – Charlie Gregory, Festival Coordinator on charlie@berwickfilm-artsfest.com or 01289 303355.