Opening Night: setting the scene – 11 September 2019

While the club’s summer ended in the blaze of an autumnal sunset, the only ashes in evidence were those being competed for south of the border. Instead, it was clear that the glowing embers of a creative summer are about to burst back into flames, fuelled by an exciting programme put together by our new presidential pair, Chris and Graeme. A healthy gathering of nearly forty existing, new and...

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Unexpected items in Readaround area – 28 August 2019

So, we’ve had the last Readaround – a sure sign that autumn is on the way. The venue was chez moi in Kilmaurs and a conservatory-full of people attended. I’m sorry you couldn’t find us Eddie – maybe next time. Anne started us off with a further extract from her crime novel A Proper Sinner. The murder of Emma Howard has disrupted the lives of a country vicar, Simon Harrington and his wife Kate....

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Awaiting revelation: Summer Read-around – 14 August 2019

QUESTION: What do you get if you combine an enchanted valley, a mysterious death, a funeral, a Victorian ghost story, a swoop of swallows, nostalgic reflections, romantic love, a hospital visit, and a lovelorn lady? ANSWER: Another fascinating evening at an AWC Summer Read-around, this time in Greta’s welcoming home, complete with delicious pancakes and banana muffins. Carrie started by sharing...

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It was wild, wet and windy and … Readaround 17 July 2019

On a wet night the troops all headed south to enemy territory – Dumfries and Galloway – for the latest Readaround. We arrived: “The Magnificent Seven.” Jeanette welcomed us to her lovely home in the former mining village of Sanquhar . We felt very comfortable. Now to business. We drew lots and Chris went first. His story The Day It Went Away was as cryptic as the title suggested. It took me a...

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Patience, pebbles and petrichor at a Read-around – 3 July 2019

Wednesday proved to be another fine day for a Read-around. With the sun spreading pleasant warmth outside, our club members put aside their pressing need to write and journeyed to Doonfoot in order to spend an evening with peers. Our host, Chris, was a delight and the spread, laid on for the eight attending Writers’ Club members, proved sumptuous. The date slice baked for the occasion by Chris’s...

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Thunderous applause … or just thunder? Summer Readaround – 19 June 2019

Wednesday saw the third Read-around of the summer, hosted by Carolyn O’Hara. We were reminded of Carolyn’s Read-around last year when we sat out in the garden in lovely sunshine. No such luck today with occasional showers and even thunder. However, inside were twelve keen writers prepared to share their work. After randomly drawing letters from a bag, it turned out to be our two new presidents...

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Pick’n’Mix at Troon – 5 June 2019

‘Pick a number. Any number,’ said Anne, our host, passing a bowl containing numbered slips of paper around the circle of writers.  I pulled No. 9 in the ‘Troon Tombola’ which meant I should be 9th to read – however due to a couple of last-minute cancellations, we had more numbers than people. But we’re not easily confused and Anne’s clever system sorted out the evening’s readaround running...

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The First Summer Pot-Pourri – 22 May 2019

So the club has closed for the summer, what are we to do now? No more writing, no more competitions, no more meetings. Aye right! The summer break is one of the busiest times for Ayr Writers’ Club. We may not have the usual venue but writing still goes on. We gather in members’ houses to read and discuss drafts or perhaps polished entries for upcoming competitions. Others read extracts from...

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