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Christopher Brookmyre – 25th September, 2013

                                                       Christopher Brookmyre (Should he carry a warning?) The ‘Guardian’ quotes Christopher Brookmyre as ‘one of the funniest writers in Britain’. Listening to him earlier this week, I was also happy to learn he is ‘one of the funniest speakers in Britain!’  He performs with the timing and punch lines of a stand...

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Writing Articles – 18th September, 2013

My First Night at Ayr Writers Club Documenting my thoughts and writing down accounts of some of my life’s experiences have long been on my mind to do, but I never took the plunge to actually put pen to paper. I thought that joining a writing club might be the way forward and did a bit of surfing around the net to see if anything was available in Ayr. I was so pleased to find that indeed a very...

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AWC Winner Book Review 2012-13

Review Peter May The Lewis Man (The Lewis Trilogy) Quercus 2012 ISBN 978 0 85738 220 7 £12.99 Hb 443pp   A body is found, buried in a peat bog where it was hoped nobody would ever find it. A young man brutally murdered. DNA testing provides a clue to the victim’s identity. And with this, a suspect is established. But the suspect is an old man, a family man now firmly in the grip of...

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Michael J Malone, Crime Writing – 11th September, 2013

‘Michael J. Malone. Our very own star of crime. Good introduction?’ ‘There must be a body. Early. The deader the better.’ The notes I took Wednesday night make entertaining reading. I’m going over them again to alleviate the boredom of a train journey to Glasgow undertaken in weather best described as ‘dreich’. ‘Atmospheric setting vital.’ The girl opposite me briefly looks up from her...

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First Night – 4th September, 2013

Write Away By George, what fun we had. People travelled from the four corners of the earth (ok, Girvan, Mauchline, Kilmaurs and Troon but it doesn’t sound as good) to congregate and cogitate on the coming season’s writing delights. Journeys were not in vain. There was hardly a seat left in the house. Even the Edinburgh pandas would have paused to ponder on the prestigious programme...

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Summer Meeting – 21st August, 2013

When I volunteered to write the blog for the Last Night of the AWC Summer Tour, I thought it would be easy. Rattled off in 15 minutes, I thought. And then I reread the last few fabulous blog entries for inspiration, noted the recent foodie theme and my brain fogged over. What would be my theme?  Four days later…..                                                   “Life is like a box of...

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Rab Wilson at Burns Monument Centre

                                                      I now have a new word for my rejections (thanks Janice!) – my back catalogue! So when Ross, the organiser of Rab Wilson’s workshop on Feasts, Festivals, Parades and Pageants phoned to ask if I could submit something on that theme, I had a rummage through my –ahem – back catalogue and found a piece I’d written about when my granny used to take...

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