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Write Down South Success – 21st June, 2014

A most enjoyable and informative day at the Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries at the SAW Write Down South. Participants, seven of us from AWC, enjoyed an introductory talk by the irrepressible Cathy MacPhail, including (after some technical hiccups) a very atmospheric trailer for her film, Another Me, soon to be released in Spain. UK date is yet to be announced. Then came the adjudications. First,...

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A cauldron full of … Summer Readaround – 18th June, 2014

Maroon eight creative, fertile minds in a remote Ayrshire cottage. Throw in an amputated foot, the initial stirrings of a teenage serial killer, and a Glaswegian secretary obsessed with matricide. Mix the above with allusions to the infamous Bible John, the sadness following a miscarried pregnancy and the goings-on at a Murder Mystery weekend on a faraway shore. And what do you get? Surprisingly...

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Morning Workshop – Poetry, 14th June 2014

The sun shone on us all that quiet morning, in the bright and airy room graciously offered to us by the University of the West of Scotland. ‘A poem has its own voice,’ Alison encouraged the timid, but hopeful poet within us all. ‘Your task is to release it, find it, send it on its way…’ And with those fine words, we were promptly sent on ours, to find a place of solitude within the generous...

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Boswell Book Festival 2014

Boswell : My weekend with Kirsty, Jim, Uuganaa and of course Gordon, ‘At school they said I should be a hospital administrator. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I couldn’t administer a taxi to take you to the hospital.’ James Naughtie. Hello Sausage, I’m really sorry you couldn’t make Boswell, as you missed a peach of a weekend. It was delicious. It was a packed...

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Don’t Make a Scene! Drama workshop – 19th March 2014

Writing radio plays presents a whole new world of challenges for writers who are novices in this genre but Helena Sheridan’s enjoyable workshop helped steer us through the pitfalls and problems, by demonstration and with useful exercises along the way. Having listened to a recording of a prize winning ghost story, penned by Catherine Lang, for a West Sound Radio Drama Competition, other club...

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Little is known of what happens here….Sci-Fi Workshop 5th March 2014

Science Fiction tends to be the genre which most of us profess to know little about. Well, after attending the club’s own Fiona Aitchison’s brilliant Sci-fi workshop we can’t say that anymore. Fiona got us off to a flying start by asking us to write down all the Science Fiction themed movies and television programmes we’d watched since childhood. An impressive list materialised from Star Trek to...

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