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 three plays for Nutshell Theatre, two ALLOTMENT and THREAD) honoured with Fringe First Awards at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the third, HANDFAST, coming to Summerhall this year. I teach part-time on the Open University Creative Writing MA, and co-wrote the MA Script strand.
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The new Open University creative writing course year is underway! I teach on the A363, A802 and A803 courses which, if you’re unfamiliar with Open University course speak, means Advanced Creative Writing (focusing on dramatic technique), and the new OU MA in Creative Writing. The first cohort of MA students have finished their course, and I’m excited […]
My play HANDFAST will be on at the Edinburgh Fringe at Summerhall in August. It’s a collaboration once again with Edinburgh’s wonderful Nutshell Theatre and their artistic director Kate Nelson. It’s also the third play in our trilogy, STILL POINTS OF THE TURNING WORLD, following on from the Fringe First-winners ALLOTMENT and THREAD. Rehearsals have […]
Hurray! I’m working with up-and-coming Borders playwrights as Associate Playwright for Playwrights’ Studio Scotland for a second year. Year 1 of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland Scottish Borders programme covered playwriting foundations and culminated in a hugely successful and inspiring Talkfest with performed readings at Galashiels Macarts. The playwright’s group are now working together to develop […]
Paines Plough, the UK’s new writing theatre, has just launched its new app of online plays, Come To Where I’m From – and my mini-play about my home town of Hawick is among them! The Paines Plough app is a round-Britain tour of 100 playlets about place, written and performed by the playwrights themselves. Yes, […]
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.
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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.