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It was a dark and stormy night … 20 September 2017

It was a dark and stormy night… And I was almost tempted not to go to our first Readaround night but I was arranging the evening so I thought I’d better turn up. I had done some preparation. I checked the bag of numbers – four groups of every number from one to six. I thought six groups might be a bit ambitious on such a dreich evening so I carefully corralled the sixes in a separate bag. In...

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Dragons Pen – 19th November 2014

With an authoritative bang of his gavel Michael began the Ayr Writers’ session of 3 minute pitches to publishers. The participants bravely stepped up to the podium one by one; a potent mixture of steely nerves and confidence. The Dragons were chaired by the redoubtable Michael Malone, ably supported by Ann Burnett and Pat Young. Fortunately, these be nice Dragons so they damped their fire a...

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Drama with K Edwards – 12th November 2014

K Edwards played to a packed house on Wednesday evening as she led us (at a fast trot!) through the fascinating process of developing characters for the stage. Where do we begin?  The curtain opens and the audience is immediately transported … where? Karen encouraged us to be imaginative in our setting. It doesn’t have to be in a room, she told us. Don’t worry about the difficulties of...

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Speaker – Margaret Elphinstone, 5th November 2014

On Wednesday night we heard from Margaret Elphinstone, one of our most respected authors and one of the most inspiring voices in modern writing. A writer whose prose is thoughtful and cerebral. We heard about research, historical writing, ‘voices’, and why some writers prefer not to think about the real world too much. Travel is so often central to Elphinstone’s work and thus it made sense that...

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Feedback Night – 22nd October 2014

As a new member to the club I was very nervous and excited for the feedback night. I’ve never been to anything like it and it was a brilliant experience. We were instructed to hand in four copies of work that didn’t have our name on it to Rhona and Dorothy, who placed it under a number from one to six. Then we were given a different number and allocated to a group of four, this allowed us all to...

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Scottish Article Speaker – David Steel, 15th October 2014

            Who better to speak to the Club and give sound advice on writing an article (Scottish or otherwise) but David Steel? An engaging and interesting speaker, David has over 30 years’ writing experience as a journalist, communications officer and public relations officer. His career began with the Ayrshire Post in the 1970s , back in the days when his typed ‘copy’ would be wooshed (I...

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The Winter Fairy by K A Wyllie

I’m delighted to announce that The Winter Fairy by our very own Kirsty Wyllie is now available on Kindle. It can be downloaded here.   I would simply say that inspiration for this fairy tale was the opening scene of Walt Disney’s “The Lady and The Tramp”. I really loved the dream like quality of the sequence. I felt as if I could write a Christmas story with the same kind...

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Article Writing with Sheila Grant – 8th October 2014

Well this is it. My first ever blog – could be my last. Time or my fellow members will tell. Having settled down I now realise that a blog in this case is really a short review, I think. Anyway, being a newbie, a lot of leeway will be given. Mmmm! It certainly wasn’t difficult to write about this evening’s guest speaker, Sheila Grant. A lady with a larger than life personality. With great...

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