NEIDPATH Castle will host its first Historical Fiction Festival on the first two days of November.

On Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 the castle will open its doors to a fiction loving public and will let history come to life through writing workshops, illustrations and music.

On Friday night, award-winning author, Margaret Skea, will join guests in the 'If Walls Could Speak' writing workshop which will help budding writers develop their use of place and setting and how these details are vital for historical fiction.

Margaret said: "'It will be a pleasure to be involved in this festival in such an iconic setting and all in a good cause too."

Saturday will bring a full day of activities. Telling stories, costumes displays, illustrated talks, games and music can all be enjoyed.

Margaret Skea returns for the second day to discuss feuding 16th Century clans, as Louise Turner teaches you about the importance of architecture in fiction.

Graham Hunter will run an interactive session on historical costumes and Carnegie Medallist Theresa Breslin will read from her new children's book.

The day will also be filled with games, quizzes and musical performances courtesy of Matt Seattle on the Border Pipes.

Tickets for 'If Walls Could Speak' on Friday, November 1 are available to over 14s and are £7. Tickets for all events on Saturday, November 2 are £15 for adults, £5 for children aged 5-12 and £35 for a family (two adults and up to three children).

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