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David Manderson – 17th Sept 2014

Well, first it was Dave Anderson. Then it was Dave Manderson. Anyone know a Dave Sanderson? David Manderson, who spoke to us about Novel Writing on Wednesday 17th, is a teacher of Creative Writing at UWS and we are grateful to Pearl and her links to the university for providing the contact with Dave. Those who attended the SAW conference this year may remember him as the judge of the Short Story...

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Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival 2014

Those who live in Ayr and think that Girvan is foreign parts have obviously not ventured as far south as Ballantrae, the land of cannibals (at least in the 15th century), RLS heroes and Smugglers. To celebrate this last aspect of their heritage, the village enjoyed its second Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival in August, when contraband was landed, hunted by excise men and eventually brought...

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Book Review Template

BOOK REVIEW TEMPLATE   Title, author, genre, publisher, date, ISBN, any pre-recommendation           Synopsis           Pace           Plot           Characters           Writing/style           Warnings           Praises           Author background or notes of...

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Alison Craig’s Book Review Workshop – 10th Sept 2014

Ayr Writers Club Workshop 10th Sept 2014 The book review Alison Craig Workshop format Intro Free writing Why do we write book reviews? What does a book review do? Choosing and reading a book for review What to include in your book review Book review no-no’s Publishing your book review Competition details Questions Free writing 5 mins Keep the pen moving Don’t worry about spelling and punctuation...

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Winning book reviews – SAW 2014

Members of Ayr Writers’ Club swept the board in the Book Review category at the Scottish Association of Writers 2014 conference. Here are the three prize winning entries from Linda Brown, Dorothy Gallagher and Nigel Ward. First prize – review by Linda Brown The Yard by Alex Grecian Penguin 2013 IBSN 978-0-241-95891-9 £7.99 Pb 583 pages Gruesome, gory and bursting with Victorian...

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A Wee Review of the Book Review Evening – 10th Sept, 2014

What a delightful and informative evening was had by all attending Alison Craig’s writing a book review workshop. Alison’s calm, step-by-step advice had us all enthralled from the word go. Well prepared and flawlessly delivered, with easy understood power point presentation, Alison’s workshop guided us on journey through the pros and cons of review writing. The workshop was bursting at the seams...

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DAVE ANDERSON – Oran Mor … and more – 3rd Sept, 2014

It’s not often one gets the opportunity to see in the flesh, a face – so familiar from television and film – in the midst of Ayr Writers’ Club. And so it was, with many of us pinching ourselves, that we settled down to be transported and inspired by the imagination and creative genius of Dave Anderson. During the first part of the evening we were treated to excerpts from two of...

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