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And the winner is …. AWC Success Night – 26 April 2017

Last Wednesday night was THE night: the snacks were out, the lectern was in place and the room was filled with a buzz of excitement. Over the course of the next two hours we were treated to many pieces from six different genres, each read by its creator. And what a banquet it was with some writers demonstrating their versatility, reading pieces from more than one genre.

 

Ann Burnett’s work was a case in point providing us first with an enticing review of a crime novel called “Dark Side of the Moon” by Les Wood which featured a jewellery heist and lots of black, Glaswegian humour. Her own comic prowess was also in evidence when she shared her non-fiction article, “Naked Lobster and Corrugated Bottoms” featuring her daring adventures in the realms of Japanese ablutions. Some of her word pictures will stick with me forever!

Ann Burnett

In the short story category we heard three excellent, winning entries: Linda Brown had the room enthralled with “Kill for a Dance”, a macabre tale deftly blended with black humour; “Between the Lines” by Catherine Lang observed a family on the point of painful fracture, the escape from which ultimately rested on a poignant father-and-son encounter, culminating in surprising truths; Wales was the setting for “Family Home” by Fiona Atchison in which the heroic actions of the protagonist held us spellbound as she made a final attempt to save her home from demolition and had an ending which took us all by surprise.

Fiona Atchison

And talking of clever twists, even the shortest genre – flash fiction – can surprise readers or listeners. Jennifer West’s “He Caught my Eye” did not disappoint in this regard. Poetry too can have power in its brevity. “The Brae Tops” by Tracy Harvey and “Will it ever be…?” by Nigel Ward both had memories of place at their core but, like two sides of a coin, provided startlingly different emotional landscapes, with Tracy’s fond nostalgia and a poignant final line, “filling the air with the smell of home” which contrasted with Nigel’s less positive memories of his first student bedsit, dubious stains and all.

Tracy Harvey

Sometimes it’s lovely to cast off the grown up world we inhabit daily and revel in tales for children. With three examples of children’s fiction, peopled with trolls, witches and apparitions, there was plenty to entertain in Susan McVey’s “The Talisman”, Greta Yorke’s “Body Work in the Crypt” and Kirsty Hammond’s tale which featured an intriguing soup-stirring witch and talking cat.

Greta Yorke

And if our appetites had not been whetted enough, we were also captivated by the opening chapter of an historic novel entitled, “A Clean Slate” by Linda Brown. Set in Glasgow in 1887, it pulled us into the intriguing story of Annie Dobson, a young chambermaid about to set sail for a new life and adventure in America – anything to get away from her drunken father and her brutal boss, a fearsomely-horrible, hotel housekeeper.

Linda Brown

Thanks to all our members who bravely – and proudly – shared their winning work; you are an inspiration to us.

 

Carolyn O’Hara

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