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Five Go for a Readaround in the Carrick Hills – 25 July 2018

Five readers met at Tim’s house in the Carrick Hills on a sunny evening, sitting on the veranda looking eastwards at a splendid panorama of the Southern Uplands with the highest mountain, The Merrick (2,766 feet), in the far-away distance. Sadly, not quite a Munro, which is a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet. More of the Munros later. Chris G. kicked off with a short piece, in prose style which...

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A Kickaboot at Troon – Readaround, 11 July 2018

As England prepared to bring football home, some of us headed to Troon for the latest Readaround, and a warm welcome from Anne. The ball was set in motion with my entry for the Catherine Walker Short Story Competition. The theme is conservation with a wordcount of 2000. Closing date is 21 July, so there is still time to put pen to paper and submit an entry to Janice Johnston. Go on . . . you...

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Competing with the lawnmower: Readaround @ Carolyn’s – 27 June 2018

It was a beautiful sunny evening when we headed for the Ayr Writers’ Readaround at Carolyn’s. It’s not often we see such good weather in Scotland so we headed for the garden to enjoy the warmth around our circle of friends. Carolyn kicked off the evening reading a memoir on behalf of Yolanda. Poo Sticks was the title. This started off light-hearted about a friendly game. But as the story...

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On a wet summer evening … Readaround – 13 June 2018

The rain rattling down on Maggie’s conservatory roof belied the description of the evening being part of a “Summer Readaround.” On the other hand, the range and quality of contributions more than made up for the lack of sunshine: words and creativity shone through. A scene from the latest instalment of Martin’s Mauchline crime novel was set in Crosshouse Hospital, culminating in the chilling...

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Full House at Pat’s Pad – 30 May 2018

Q: How many writers does it take to fill Pat’s living room? A: A whopping sixteen – including our generous host herself. Actually, we were extremely fortunate the first AWC summer Readaround of 2018 didn’t take place on Pat’s sun-drenched driveway, thanks to a delayed French flight. But our intrepid host made it to her ain pairty by the skin of her teeth, tanking home from the airport to find...

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Glad rags, gongs and gavels: Annual Awards Dinner – 9 May 2018

While the Oscars, the BAFTAs and even the Nobel Prize for Literature might be mired in controversy, the club’s Annual Awards Dinner for 2018 stood proud and unblemished. A groaning table of trophies The Savoy Park Hotel fed a clutch of local writers all hungry to share and celebrate their successes. With certificates a-plenty awarded to those whose writing merited commendations, third and...

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An AGM? Res ipsa loquitor – 2 May 2018

How do you assess the health of a club that has been running for nearly 50 years? Our club’s Annual General Meeting last week may have provided a few indicators. In the first instance, approaching thirty members turned out for a gathering that could hardly claim to be the most alluring of our weekly meetings. There was still however the usual buzz and exchange of stories that precedes most...

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The Journey Towards Good Travel Writing – 18 April 2018

Nigel Ward’s travel writing workshop was, as expected, entertaining and informative but definitely not for slackers! There was much furious scribbling going on. As one member said, because of other commitments, this was the first actual writing she had done in months. After a brief flow-writing exercise, Nigel gave us many useful tips and ideas such as the ‘nut-graph’. That is...

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