A search for genuineness: poetry with Gerry Cambridge – 21 November 2018

Gerry Cambridge, poet, essayist and editor of The Dark Horse visited Ayr Writers’ Club to share some of his writing experiences and views with members. Introduced by President Gill Sherry as a talented published poet, musician, nature photographer, we anticipated an interesting evening ahead. Gerry recounted tales from his early writing days when he lived in a caravan in the depths of...

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In ma ain accent: poetry workshop with Tracy Harvey -14 November 2018

The evening was most enjoyable, friendly and hilarious thanks to Oor very own Tracy Harvey. Tracy is a poet who writes and performs in her native Scots tongue. Carolyn O`Hara welcomed Tracy who began the evening with explaining to us that to ease our nerves, we should breathe from our belly. While doing this we should also think of someone who believes in you as you breathe. This will give you...

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A valuable sounding board: Feedback Night – 7 November 2018

The meeting was one of our regular read-around sessions where members are asked to bring in a piece of work of approximately one thousand words and allow people to read and offer constructive criticism. There were a large number of such contributions to consider and for my part they ranged from very good to border line excellent. It’s very difficult to keep track of all the submissions and what...

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No-one can write your story so write it yourself” – memoir/life writing with Carolyn O’Hara – 31 October 2018

Yes, as Carolyn O’Hara emphasised in her workshop session on Memoir/Life Writing, ‘It’s all about me’. While the prolonged Ayrshire rain dampened Halloween spirits outside, Carolyn warmed the hearts of the near thirty members and guests inside a warm Mercure hotel as we listened to, and interacted with, her excellently illustrated personal guide through a voyage of (self-) discovery. Modestly...

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