Hello! I write plays for stage and radio as well as fiction with a Scottish Gothic flavour. I’m from the Scottish Borders, the home of the Border ballads, so it’s not surprising I love stories with larger-than-life characters in small, strange worlds. (Angela Carter and Mervyn Peake are huge favourites). Very special times in my writing journey so far include 8 plays on BBC radio and a trilogy of plays for Nutshell Theatre: ALLOTMENT, THREAD (both winning Fringe First Awards at Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and HANDFAST. I teach part-time on the Open University Creative Writing MA, and co-wrote the MA Script strand.
Rebel Cello is on tour! Eyemouth Hippodrome, Fri 12 Aug, 8pm Come and join me! Border Scots * Border Gothic * spoken word * storytelling * celloing * geology * nanonovels * Hawick balls * Oulipo * audience participation (only kidding) Scottish writer Jules Horne takes the stage at Eyemouth’s fabulous Hippodrome. Twice Fringe-First-winning and […]
My new book, Writing for Audiobooks: Audio-First for Flow & Impact is out now. I wrote it to help authors who want to get into the audiobook boom, but need some audio-friendly writing techniques to help their book stand out. It’s perfect for publishing professionals interested in audio-first writing indie publishers, authors and author entrepreneurs […]
Borders Pub Theatre! Three words – a perfect combo! Borders Pub Theatre is an exciting new theatre-making venture in the Scottish Borders, led by playwrights and for Borders audiences. We’ve been supported by Playwrights’ Studio Scotland over the past two years in a ground-breaking regional programme and are about to unveil our first night of 10-minute […]
Rebel Cello launched at Book Week Scotland with two spoken word + music gigs in Hawick and Galashiels. I was also delighted to perform on the mighty MacArts stage as part of CABN Manifest 2018. It’s been fabulous to rediscover my old friend and find ways to include her in my performance. Thanks to Stringers […]
There’s growing interest in Dramatic Techniques for Creative Writers and I’m delighted that it’s made an appearance on The Creative Penn, the influential blog about indie authors by thriller writer and writer-entrepreneur Joanna Penn. I’m a long-term fan and listener to Joanna’s podcast, and have learned so much from her! Especially about independent publishing and new opportunities […]
Dramatic Techniques for Creative Writers by Jules Horne is a treasury of writing craft techniques to give stories more tension and impact. Dramatic writers such as playwrights, screenwriters and radio dramatists use these techniques to write more boldly, with a clear sense of structure. They’re a great help with story shape and bold, confident editing. There’s […]
“Unputdownable – a supreme storyteller” – Marilyn Runcie DOLLY THE SHEEP is anointed by angels, a girl rugby-scrums Scottish country dancers, an old horse bequeaths its bones, an artist wraps a town in a shimmering canopy… 23 stories of extraordinary imagination, with a hint of Scottish Gothic: Agnus Dei Small Blue Thing Bill McLaren Was My PE Teacher […]
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150 days. 150 stories. In five minutes. Nanonovels are a genre-busting experiment in story sparks and the mystery of creativity. In 150 days and 150 stories, Jules Horne battles writer’s block with a clock, a shelf of books, and a wild imagination.
Ostriches, Oulipo, leeches, grammar, trolls, toenails and tiny back yards… No random stimulus can resist her storytelling powers – until one fateful night at the Station Hotel in Dumfries.
Nanonovels is my first collection of short stories. They were written one a day, in five minutes each, over the space of a few months in 2007-8, and initially published online.
My very earliest experiments in nanonovels were published in 2004 in Product, the Scottish magazine of arts, ideas and culture.
I love the compact form and possibilities of microfiction, prose poems, postcard stories, nanodramas – call them what you will – and wrote a blog about it for The Guardian website.
Here’s a blog about Nanonovels.
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Her stories are magical and profound, but light and funny at the same time. She is a dazzling storyteller.
Free Press, Simon & Schuster Inc.
Horne's touch is light, but her handling deft, able to shift the mood from good-natured... to something darker in a handful of words.