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Alan Taylor: Writing Writers’ Lives

Any expectations of an academic dissertation on literary biography had already been undermined by my reading of a libel case judgement that quoted extensively from Alan’s Sunday Herald Diary. What we heard was a steady flow of anecdotes, delivered without notes, which would perhaps be best reported by video upload to You Tube. Something we might think about. But no! We are writers....

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What’s the Point?

While at first sight you might wonder whether you have strayed from the Ayr Writers’ Blog to that of the town’s philosophical society, then please pause before exiting, because at this week’s meeting, we were invited to consider exactly this, and many other such grammatical issues. Catherine Lang, with her professional editorial background, guided us on a comprehensive tour of the ‘do’s and...

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TOM POW – A Sense of Place in Poetry

As Nigel finished his introduction and Tom Pow rose to his feet, the window of the Mercure Hotel framed an interesting Autumnal scene behind them: twilight clouds loomed along the shoreline; chimney pots half-emerged from the shadows; dark leaves huddled under white street lighting; and brake lights glared up in red flashes at the edge of the pane. It was the ideal scene in which to hear Tom...

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Feedback Evening 30th September 2015

Beyond the fog lies clarity ~ Anon Travelling from the Irvine Valley to Ayr through patchy mist and then thick fog to attend Feedback Evening was an eerie experience. Our writers’ imaginations worked overtime and Kathy and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the Hound of the Baskerville bound across the M77 or the Flying Dutchman in full sail glide past the Dutch House roundabout. Reaching the...

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