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Scissors for the String   1. Mr Winterbottom with bales of straw tied with twine. Tiger asleep nearby. Mr Winterbottom, the Safari Park keeper was putting out fresh straw for the animals. ‘Tiger,’ he said, ‘tell Bill I want a pair of scissors to cut the string.’ 2. Tiger, just woken up, looking confused. Monkey high up in tree. Tiger was enjoying a snooze. ‘Uh – er – right away,’ he yawned....

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Memoir: Emotional Prompts Worksheet

Memoir Workshop Think about these emotions and for each one try to record the following information. – The first time you can remember feeling this, what was happening? – Who else was involved? – Your feelings about the situation or event at that time. Work quickly, attempting to grasp your first reaction, but if nothing comes, then move on to the next one. 1. Excited: 2....

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Notes on Writing Memoir – Dorothy

Memoir Workshop *** Writing memoir is said to have two elements- recollection and truth and both of these can present difficulties for us. Many people say that they can’t remember much before the age of 20, 10, 5 or whatever, some go as far as to say that they have no memories going that far back at all. It’s almost as if they imagine that their memories are stored in a paper bag that can tear...

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Winning entry in Memoir – Dorothy Gallagher

Then One Day…   Then one day, it all changed Aunt Kathleen turned her head slowly from side to side, but her eyes didn’t move. They remained trained on the image in the gilt-framed mirror on our lounge wall. If she knew that I was there, watching, then she gave no sign of it; I was not acknowledged, unlike the coy beauty that half smiled back at her. She swivelled slightly, her sharp...

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An Evening with Christopher Brookmyre

by Flora Napier      Published in the Kilmarnock Standard and the Ayrshire Post 4/10/13 Author Christopher Brookmyre spoke to a full house at the Carlton Hotel in Prestwick on Wednesday evening about his writing career. Brookmyre, who is the author of 17 novels to date, read an excerpt from his latest book, Flesh Wounds, to the rapt audience, but wasn’t giving away any clues about his 18th novel...

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Winning Entry in the 2012-13 Club Competition for 1st 3000 words of a Novel

One Silent Voice by Pat Young – he, who says nothing, has most to tell –   DORDOGNE, FRANCE. NOVEMBER Don’t know how long I’ve been up here. Doesn’t matter. Nobody knows where I am. Nobody cares. I’ve imagined this day a million times, thought I’d be ready. I knew what Dad was going to tell me this morning. I really did, even before he started to speak. Didn’t expect the words...

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AWC Winner Book Review 2012-13

Review Peter May The Lewis Man (The Lewis Trilogy) Quercus 2012 ISBN 978 0 85738 220 7 £12.99 Hb 443pp   A body is found, buried in a peat bog where it was hoped nobody would ever find it. A young man brutally murdered. DNA testing provides a clue to the victim’s identity. And with this, a suspect is established. But the suspect is an old man, a family man now firmly in the grip of...

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