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Boswell Book Festival. The World’s Only Biography Festival. The Glastonbury Experience for Booker Lovers – 17th to 19th May 2013

‘Look to your left and then to your right. One of you will die early due to bad genes.’ Steve Jones (Professor of Genetics at UCL) ‘Is that because,’ whispers my friend, ‘their trousers are too tight?’ I’ve never been to Glastonbury but it can’t be more fun than the Boswell Book Festival. The annual Boswell Book Festival is so busy and has so many...

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Awards Dinner – 15th May 2013

What fun we had! As the 2012/13 session drew to a close, the friendly and fun loving fraternity that is Ayr Writers’ Club placed their pens to the side for one evening and seized instead those other, time honoured tools of contentment; cutlery. In a flurry of ticket-purchasing excitement, members, their family and friends took their seats; each corner of the room as joy filled and welcoming as...

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Read Around – 24th April 2013

As this year’s session draws to a close, Wednesday was the final opportunity for club members to bring works in progress before their fellow writers and await their measured and constructive assessment. The evening itself started with a scene of confusion, worthy of a place in any Wodehouse text. Those of us who skilfully managed to miss the diversion intended to feed us seamlessly to an...

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Speaker – Jim Thomson, 17th April, 2013

Law & Order A policewoman spots a man driving and knitting at the same time.Driving up beside him, the policewoman shouts out the window. “Pull over!”“No,” the man shouts back, “a pair of socks!” Taking my seat with the memory of my nephew’s (9)  innocent joke playingin my mind, making me smile, my thoughts drifted back to the last timewhen I heard...

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Speaker – Fiona Gibson, 10th April, 2013

Fiona Gibson’s writing is witty and clever and funny, and very refreshing. And Fiona Gibson in person is all those things.  We were treated to an evening of anecdotes and honest talk that gave some fascinating insights into the journeys of this novelist. With eight books behind her – or rather piled up about on the table before her, there was a wealth of experience to share. We traced a path...

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SAW Successes – 27th March 2013

Have you ever sat in a public space and tried to avoid inhaling? A smoky bar, or a doctor’s waiting room? Perhaps you have endured a long journey in a plane, where you have no option but to breathe the air that’s provided for you? It may feel fresh and cold as a mountain breeze, but you know it has been inhaled, exhaled and re-cycled. You eye the coughing passenger in the row behind and wonder...

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Computing Workshop – 3rd April 2013

I like to think I’m reasonably computer literate – after all, I work on a computer most days – but every time she has a workshop, Debbie still manages to show me ways I can make even better use of my time. At her latest workshop, she began by talking about iPads. Do you know how many iPads are left on planes every day? So how can they identify the owners? Now, I don’t...

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A SAW First Timer

Writers Chill-Out at Erskine Ice Hotel This year was my first time at the Scottish Association of Writers’ Conference and it was an experience I won’t forget in a hurry! It was interesting to spend a whole weekend surrounded by people so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about writing. It was thought-provoking to hear guest-speaker Alan Bisset’s view that we, as Scotland’s writers, occupy a very...

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