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Success Night at the Mercure

I’m not a regular member of the Ayr Writers’ Club. No matter how welcome I am made to feel, for me, deciding when it is appropriate to pick up a crisp from a communal bowl is an anxious issue. The impropriety of a misplaced crunch becomes a risk with serious implication. This is especially the case when the dominant issue of the evening is emotive and serious. However, since the reason for the...

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Feedback Evening 20th April 2016

To be or not to be, that is the question. Is it nobler to attend Ayr Writers’ Club for the weekly meeting or to attend to my two overgrown conifers ? I had spent the entire day in the garden cutting, pruning, clipping, lopping, not to forget preening. ‘The Spring sunshine brings the best out in everything,’ I commented to my gardening buddy, Tom the cat. A host of golden...

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Inspiration from Francis Gay aka David McLaughlan

David McLaughlan treated us to a wonderful talk on Inspiration. As the man who writes both the Francis Gay column in the Sunday Post and the annual Friendship book, he requires over 600 stories a year, more than one a day. A man in serious need of continuous and unremitting inspiration. Some quotes: ‘If you wait for new ideas, you’ll wait a long time. So you need to get on while...

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“Out in the Ether” An e-publishing workshop by Catherine Lang

If you want to know about e-publishing ask Catherine Lang. Former Educational Editor with Blackie & Son, Catherine gave an informative and inspiring workshop on the subject to her fellow Club members last Wednesday. Starting with deciding on “what book you want to write”, Catherine took us step by step through the procedure of getting your book assembled and ready for publication on Kindle,...

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Stimulating Spring Evening

Easter holidays or a lingering SAW hangover, whatever the reason, the gathering was less substantial than usual. For the hard core who attended it proved to be a stimulating evening split into two events. In the first instance, Cathie Devitt of the Scottish Association of Writers made a personal appearance. Not only had she agreed to adjudicate the Women’s Short Story Competition, she had...

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We went to SAW: we conquered (With apologies to Caesar)

On the appointed Friday evening, two teams arrived in Cumbernauld. Tension was in the air as each prepared to face the challenge the weekend would offer. One returned home with its tail between its legs, despondent in defeat. The other carried home the silverware and planned an open-topped bus tour of their hometown. Observe your surroundings we were repeatedly told: that’s where your ideas and...

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SAW Success Night 23rd March 2016

Is it presumptuous, or over confident to plan such a night before the Scottish Association of Writers’ competitions have even been entered? Certainly not when it is Ayr Writers’ Club. Over the past ten years or so the awards and commendations received by this superb club have increased to such an extent that other clubs are keen to know our formula. Members lucky enough to attend this...

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Dr James Begg on Writing in Scots

Maist folk fin it awfu hard tae talk aboot theirsels withoot soonin like a richt blaw, but Jimmy Begg, the doctor and writer, disnae come ower as fu o hisself at aw. When he talks aboot the books he has tae his name and the things he’s din, he’s disnae get wan bit cairrit away wi hissel. A real man o pairts, Jimmy has tales tae tell o his days doctorin wi the air sea rescue brigade when it wis...

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