Explore Govan – A Walking Guide Book by Marion C. Husband

Ayr Writers’ Club member, and Membership Secretary, Marion Husband’s recent book publication, Explore Govan, is a fantastic walking guide through Govan’s weaving streets and spaces. It’s a chance to properly explore the significance of the historic sites, the very old buildings, dotted on every corner of this much-loved Glasgow annex. With a numbered street map to help,...

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Ayr Writers’ Success at 2019 Imprint Writing Awards

There was plenty to celebrate at this year’s Imprint Writing Awards presentation event at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock. Four members of Ayr Writers’ Club had five of the twelve short-listed entries in the 2019 competition – Greta Yorke for Poem. Maggie Bolton, Kirsty Hammond, Jeanette Driver for Story and Kirsty Hammond for Letter – with Kirsty going on to take first place in the...

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Imprint Writing Award Prize Giving – 28 November 2019

The entries are in and the judges have decided. It’s time to announce the winners of the 2019 Imprint Writing Awards, hosted by East Ayrshire Leisure. A special prize giving event will be held at the Dick Institute, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BT, on Thursday 27th November between 7pm and 9pm. This year there was an Open theme across three categories – Story (Fiction or Narrative...

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Carolyn O’Hara’s Poem, ‘By Chance’, Selected for Inclusion in National Book Publication

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Carolyn O’Hara, a writer who’s already had a number of short stories and articles published, has had a lot more to celebrate this week. Her true-life poem, By Chance, was selected as one of the very best entries from over 400 nation-wide submissions to Scottish Book Trust’s annual story project. This year’s project theme, Blether, put a...

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Author Event with Catherine Simpson and Catherine Czerkawska at Ayr’s Carnegie Library – 21 November 2019

Where: Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB When: Thursday 21 November 2019 at 7.30pm Join us for an evening with two authors who have written about the sudden death of a family member and the impact that event had on their family. Catherine Simpson will speak about her book, When I had a Little Sister, a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of growing up in a farming family, and...

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Monthly Sunday Afternoon Mini-Writing-Retreat in Glasgow (4hrs)

Here’s a great opportunity to join with a few other writers who are doing absolutely nothing on an odd Sunday afternoon, except write. These monthly mini-retreats in the centre of Glasgow are quiet little pockets of time dedicated to flat-out work. It’s a straight 4 hour run, with a quick 10-minutes-off every hour, Pomodoro style, to pour coffee / eat Haribo / open that emergency...

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Ayr – Poem by Rabbie Burns, Photography by Marion Husband

  Tam o’ Shanter is a wonderfully epic poem in which Burns paints a vivid picture of the drinking classes in the old Scotch town of Ayr, in the late 18th century. It is populated by several unforgettable characters including, of course, Tam himself, his bosom pal, Souter (Cobbler) Johnnie and his own long suffering wife Kate, “Gathering her brows like gathering storm, nursing...

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Scots Leid Wirkshoaps – 19 October, 9 & 16 November, 14 December 2019

Join Tracy Harvey, Scots Scriever, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ, for a series of 4 Scots language themed writing workshops during October, November and December (all free-of-charge). These will be fun, creative and informal sessions to encourage everyone attending to learn about, and celebrate, the Scots language.     Full details...

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