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Jules Horne
Hawick, Scotland
Occupationplaywright, radio dramatist and fiction writer

Jules Horne (born 1963) is a Scottish playwright, radio dramatist and fiction writer.

Jules Horne was born in Hawick, Scotland, and lived in Bonn, Bern and Reading before returning to the Scottish Borders. Following a German degree at Oxford, she worked in Germany and Switzerland as a translator, editor and BBC radio journalist. She returned to the UK in 2000 to write full-time.

Jules was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Bursary in 2001 and the National Library of Scotland Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award in 2002.

Her first full-length play, Gorgeous Avatar, was performed by the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 2006, and in Japanese at AI Hall, Itami, Osaka in 2007, and by Heidelberg University's Schauspielgruppe Anglistik in 2008. Plays for radio include Left at the Lights (BBC Radio Scotland), Inner Critic (BBC 7), A Place in the Rain (BBC Radio 4), Overdue South (BBC Radio Scotland), Life: An Audio Tour (BBC Radio 4), Small Blue Thing (BBC Radio Scotland) and Macmillan's Marvellous Motion Machine (BBC Radio 4). She was the Scottish Arts Council's Virtual Writing Fellow for Dumfries and Galloway from 2005 to 2008, and has taught playwriting in schools as part of the Traverse's Class Act project. She teaches creative writing as an Associate Lecturer at Open University.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Her play Allotment for Nutshell Theatre won a Scotsman Fringe First at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the 2011 Fringe Award by the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.[7][8]

Radio Plays[edit]

Radio Plays written by Jules Horne
Date first broadcast Play Director Cast Synopsis
6 April 2005 Days of Reckoning: The Christmas Chair Read by Julie Austin An old man with Alzheimer's is brought home to spend the festive season with his family. BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
25 December 2005 The Hidden Gift: Left at the Lights David Ian Neville BBC Radio Scotland Drama
5 April 2006 Fresh Blood: Inner Critic David Ian Neville There's a carping, spiteful wee voice in Danni's ear crushing her spirit. Imaginary or real, can Danni get rid of her all too vicious inner critic? BBC Radio 7
8 June 2006 Island Blue: A Place in the Rain David Ian Neville Sarah Collier, Rose McBain, Lucy Paterson and Lesley Hart Self-made millionaire, Bren, finds more questions than answers in the island's solitude. Shonagh wants to get on the property ladder but will the in-comer spoil her dream? BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
13 July 2006 Kelso – Overdue South Marilyn Imrie Eileen McCallum, Louise Ludgate and Billy Riddoch
Music by Gavin Marwick
BBC Radio Scotland Drama
30 January 2008 Life: An Audio Tour[9] Philip Howard Sandy McDade, Edith MacArthur, Lewis Howden and Alex Elliott Jenny is trying to win Joe back after her disastrous affair. Her unusual strategy is to offer him an audio tour of the small Scottish town of Kelso. BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
14 May 2008 Small Blue Thing[10] Rosie Kellagher Clare Waugh, Molly Innes, Isla Cowan and James Mackenzie An eerie tale of childhood jealousy and possession where a small glass marble seems to have a powerful hold over one young woman's life. BBC Radio Scotland Drama
19 May 2011 Macmillan's Marvellous Motion Machine[11][12] Rosie Kellagher Scott Hoatson, John Kazek, Gabriel Quigley, Gavin Mitchell, Isabella Jarrett and Leo MacNeill Young Scots country blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan is a man of ideas, like the velocipede – a clanking, pedalled contraption that's the ancestor of the modern bicycle. He cycled from Penpont to Glasgow and committed the world's first cycle crime in 1842. BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play


Stage plays written by Jules Horne
Date Title Director Cast Synopsis Company / Theatre Notes
17 May 20012 June 2001 Borders Fusion: Pawkie Paitterson's Auld Grey Yaud[13][14] Stewart Aitken Simon Crouch, Matthew Burgess and Kathleen Quinn Based on a traditional poem, which finds an ageing horse setting out its last will and testament. Cross Country Theatre Company
17 May 2001  Denholm Village Hall
2 June 2001 The Wynd Theatre Melrose
7 June 20019 June 2001 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2002 Bill McLaren Was My PE Teacher Judy Steel Rowan Tree Theatre
9 May 200620 May 2006 Gorgeous Avatar[15][16][17][18] Philip Howard Pauline Knowles, Una McLean, Patrick Hoffman and John Kazek Amy enjoys her isolation in a small Borders town, glued to her laptop and conducting her work, shopping and a long-distance relationship via the internet – but the real world catches up with her when her American internet beau gets on a plane to visit. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
23 May 200610 June 2006
23 May 2006 Yetholm Wauchope Hall
24 May 2006 Galashiels Volunteer Hall
25 May 2006 Carlops Village Hall
29 May 2006 Dumfries Theatre Royal
31 May 2006 Ballachulish Village Hall
2 June 2006 Stornoway, Isle of Lewis An Lanntair
5 June 2006 Achiltibuie Coigach Community Hall
6 June 2006 Ullapool Macphail Theatre
8 June 2006 Strathpeffer Pavilion
10 June 2006  Isle of Skye Sabhal Mor Ostaig
2006 Overdue South Marilyn Imrie Eileen McCallum, Louise Ludgate and Billy Riddoch Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
8 May 200924 May 2009 The Devil on Wheels[20][21] Kate Nelson Fraser Boyle Monologue celebrating the life and heritage of Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the Dumfriesshire blacksmith who invented the pedal bicycle, centres on Macmillan's appearance in a Glasgow court where he was charged with dangerous driving and knocking down a young girl while riding his new pedal bicycle through the Gorbals in 1842. Nutshell Theatre
Dumfries & Galloway tour, May 2009
8 May 2009 Penpont Primary School
Festival Café at DG One Dumfries
Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre Dumfries
23–24 May 2009  Drumlanrig Castle
Created for the Scottish Forestry Commission for The World Mountain Bike Conference and Original Bicycle Festival[22]
8 October 201014 November 2010 The Wife of Usher's Well Stefan Escreet Helen Longworth, Danny Kennedy, Andrew Whitehead and Ruth Tapp Quondam Theatre
8 October 2010 Ferguson Hall Belford, Northumberland
9 October 2010 Pegswood Community Project Northumberland
13 October 2010 Bishop Auckland Town Hall
14 October 2010 Eastriggs Social Club
15–16 October 2010  Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association
19 October 2010 The Brindley Runcorn
20 October 2010 Residency Heart of Hawick
21 October 2010 Heart of Hawick
22 October 2010 Bowhill Theatre Selkirk, Scottish Borders
23 October 2010 The Wynd Theatre Melrose
26 October 2010 Tithe Barn Carlisle
27 October 2010 Plumbland Village Hall Cumbria
28 October 2010 Ireby Globe Hall Cumbria
29 October 2010 Brigham Memorial Hall Cumbria
2010 Haile Village Hall Cumbria
2 November 2010 Talbot Theatre Whitchurch, Shropshire
3 November 2010 Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall Durham
4 November 2010 Appleby-in-Westmorland Public Hall
5 November 2010 Lacey Thompson Hall Hallbankgate
6 November 2010 Askham Village Hall Cumbria
7 November 2010 Nicholforest Village Hall Penton Cumbria
10 November 2010 Anslow Village Hall
11 November 2010 Hurley Village Hall Warwickshire
12 November 2010 Gilbert Sheldon Hall Stanton, Staffordshire
13 November 2010 Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall Holloway, Derbyshire
14 November 2010 St Anne's Church Hall Wendover
Supported by Arts Council England
8 August 201128 August 2011 Allotment[23][24][25][26] Kate Nelson Pauline Goldsmith and Nicola Jo Cully Nutshell Theatre / Assembly: Inverleith Allotments, Edinburgh
3 August 201226 August 2012 Thread[27][28][29][30][31] Kate Nelson Mary Gapinski, Claire Dargo and Stephen Docherty Nutshell Theatre
20 September 201319 October 2013 Gowan Calder, Nicola Jo Cully and Stephen Docherty
20–21 Sept   Tron Theatre, Glasgow
25 Sept Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
28 Sept Wigtown Book Festival, Wigtown
8 Oct New Pitsligo Hall, New Pitsligo
11 Oct Stracathro Hall, by Edzell
12 Oct Crathes Hall, Crathes
17 Oct Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam
18 Oct Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley
19 Oct Corrie Hall, Isle of Arran
27 January 2018 Handfast[32][33][34][35][36][37] Kate Nelson Nicola Jo Cully, Joanna Holden, Robin Laing, Victoria Liddelle, Sandy Nelson and Mark McDonnell Nutshell Theatre

MacArts Centre, Galashiels

Performed script-in-hand as a work-in-progress, the first time the play was heard by an audience.
28 June 201830 June 2018 Joanna Holden, Stephen Doherty, Pauline Goldsmith, Sandy Nelson, Mary Gapinski and Valentine Hanson Nutshell Theatre & The Byre Theatre

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

3 August 201826 August 2018 Nutshell Theatre & The Byre Theatre

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Short stories[edit]

  • Agnus Dei, Macalllan Shorts 1 Polygon, 1998 ISBN 978-0-7486-6245-6
  • Life Kit #1, Franklin's Grace Fish, 2002 ISBN 978-0-9542586-0-3
  • Radar Bird, Macallan Shorts V, Polygon, 2003 ISBN 978-0-7486-6329-3
  • The Case Against Wings, Chapman 2004 ISBN 978-1-903700-10-5
  • Nanonovels, Product magazine, 2004–2008 ISSN 1468-9901
  • Bill McLaren Was My PE Teacher[38]



  1. ^ Jules Horne CVTextHouse Archived 12 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Jules Horne biography – Alan Brodie Representation". Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ Jules Horne biography – Scottish Book Trust Archived 4 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jules Horne biographydoollee.com
  5. ^ Jules Horne biographyTextHouse
  6. ^ Teen Playwrights Take-Over the Stage – Class Act 2005 – Lorna Lythgoe, Edinburgh Guide, 3 December 2005 Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Revealed: The second round of Scotsman Fringe First winners – Andrew Eaton-Lewis, 19 August 2011
  8. ^ Sustainable Production Award Announced for 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, September 1st, 2011
  9. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Life: An Audio Tour
  10. ^ BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – Small Blue Thing
  11. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Macmillan's Marvellous Motion Machine
  12. ^ URsTV – Play on Bike Inventor Macmillan Archived 31 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Border Fusion – Thelma Good, Edinburgh Guide, 7 June 2001 Archived 27 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Borders Fusion, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Neil Cooper, The Herald, 8 Jun 2001
  15. ^ Gorgeous Avatar – Thelma Good, Edinburgh Guide, 9 May 2006 Archived 20 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Gorgeous Avatar – Mark Fisher, The Guardian, 12 May 2006
  17. ^ Gorgeous Avatar – Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 15 May 2006
  18. ^ Finding love on a laptop – The Scotsman, 19 May 2006
  19. ^ 2006 Tour Details of Traverse Theatre's production of Gorgeous Avatar Archived 20 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Kirkpatrick Macmillan play wheels into Penpont – Sara Bain, Dumfries & Galloway Standard, 8 May 2009
  21. ^ Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser, 20 May 2009 Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Original Bicycle Festival Report (pages 10–11)". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  23. ^ Allotment – Nutshell Theatre
  24. ^ Nutshell Theatre's Allotment: Bring your own veg to the show that's a grower – Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian, 8 August 2011
  25. ^ Edinburgh Festival 2011: Allotment, Assembly, Inverleith Allotments, review – Louise Gray, The Telegraph, 10 Aug 2011
  26. ^ Allotment – Review by Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 19 August 2011 Archived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ Thread – Nutshell Theatre
  28. ^ Thread – Nutshell Theatre
  29. ^ Theatre review: Thread; Assembly St Mark's' – Emma Hay, The Scotsman, 16 August 2012
  30. ^ Thread – Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  31. ^ Life in a nutshell – Thom Dibdin, All Edinburgh Theatre, 24 September 2013
  32. ^ Handfast – TalkFest in the Borders
  33. ^ Handfast – Nutshell Theatre
  34. ^ Handfast – Summerhall
  35. ^ Review: Handfast by Nutshell Theatre – David Pollock, Fest, 5 August 2018
  36. ^ Handfast – Martin Gray, All Edinburgh Theatre, 11 August 2018
  37. ^ Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Handfast – by Jenni Davidson, Fringe Review, 17 August 2018
  38. ^ Is there a better reference for Bill McLaren Was My PE Teacher?