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Ayr Writers’ Club Trophy History by Sheila Grant

Compiled by Sheila Grant Thanks to Marion Montgomery, Catherine Lang and Ann Burnett for background information. Jenny Cadas Trophy Jenny Cadas was a doctor’s widow who returned to Ayr and was possibly a founder member of the Club. Her short stories were regularly featured in the Competitions Journal, but her main interest was in poetry. She was the moving spirit behind Octopus, the Club’s first...

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Workshop on Children’s TV Scripting with Ann Burnett

It may have been dreich outside but the atmosphere within The Carlton was anything but. Attendance was depleted due to weather conditions but those present were enriched by ‘Oor Ann’s’ children’s scriptwriting workshop. A trip down memory lane recalled favourite children’s programmes, from Andy Pandy and Muffin the Mule to Blue’s Clues then Ann told how Dorrit Sim introduced her to writing for...

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Malcolm McGonigle Children’s Script Writing

Malcolm McGonigle 21/1/2015 Appearing at Ayr Writers Club for one night only – successful TV screenwriter for CBBC programmes MI High and The Dog Ate My Homework – Malcolm McGonigle. Lights…Camera…Action…. Our evening began with Malcolm speaking of his first forays into writing and his varied career to date; reviewing rock gigs, using his own specialised musical knowledge, for...

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Nigel Ward Workshop on True Crime 14th January 2015

“I am not a criminal and not an expert on crime” was the intriguing opening to Nigel’s superb evening. He tells lies you know. Maybe not a criminal but he was very much an expert in guiding us through a range of methods and sources, which could be used to aid our research into true crime for a forthcoming club competition. He emphasised that most, if not all of us, would have to rely on...

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Douglas Skelton True Crime 7th January 2015

There’s Been a Murrr-derr Perhaps fittingly on a day when the news was given over to the atrocities in Paris, Ayr Writers Club turned its attention to True Crime with a talk from journalist, author, pre-recognition officer and altogether good guy Douglas Skelton. Douglas styled himself as a storyteller and with that said we knew we could sit back and look forward to a good evening. He began his...

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Helena Sheridan Workshop – Women’s Short stories

Little did we know, when we sat down on the 17th of December, what a treat was in store. The relaxed and informative presentation on ‘Women’s Short Stories’ by Helena Sheridan was both encouraging and at times hilarious. Helena who has spent some years in Australia has had plays performed throughout Scotland and had great ideas to get us ‘writing’. Firstly she supplies twenty-seven diverse words...

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Kate Blackadder Women’s Short Stories 3rd December 2014

We were delighted to welcome our speaker Kate, whose wealth of expertise in writing short stories for magazines, informed her very interesting and enlightening presentation. Kate is an experienced writer, who has been regularly published and is a former winner of the Muriel Spark Short Story Prize. Kate’s own writing is something she greatly enjoys, including a creative writing course which...

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Readaround Night 26th November 2014

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway. As a writer, is your notebook/documents file full of sizzling wee gems of creative writing; brilliant anecdotes and lots of lines of lyrical prose, but nothing actually complete? If you need a bit of motivation to finish that first draft, then the Feedback night at Ayr Writers’ Club is your answer. First...

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