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A couplet of perspectives: poetry workshop – 13 September 2017

With enthusiasm brimming over from the poetry workshop last week, we are treated to a pair of blogs from which inspiration and advice can be gleaned: thanks to Maggie Bolton and Eddie Phillips.   ‘We are all poets this evening’ That’s what Alison Craig told us at the beginning of her workshop. Even though poetry may not be ‘your thing’ we all have it in us....

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Setting the Scene: Launch Night – 6 September 2017

After a summer of read-arounds, Ayr Writers’ Club reconvened on 6 September 2017 at the Mercure Hotel to begin the 2017/2018 season. The room was bustling and all the tables were filled as Alison Craig welcomed new and long-standing members alike. The night was titled ‘Opening Night: Setting the Scene’ and it was obvious why as Alison introduced the room to the Committee (highlighting the vacant...

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The Soor Plum Gang in Drongan – Summer Readaround, 23 August 2017

The eclectic mix of writing shared in the Readarounds continued to the end. As we enjoyed the hospitality of Richard and Irene, the pace of summer scribbling showed no sign of abating, and bodes well for the 2017/18 programme that starts next month. It’s impossible to do anything other than capture the essence of pieces that were put under the spotlight. As ever, each author came away with...

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Slates, shoppers and sinners – Summer Readaround, 9 August 2017

The penultimate summer readaround of 2017 gathered on Wednesday 9 August at Nigel’s in Symington. The air still held the warmth of summer, and things were looking good as no fewer than ten writers arrived at our host’s door. Even better, as I stepped inside, I noted that the kitchen table held a goodly spread of cakes! But first, there was work to do, and the evening was kicked off by Martin,...

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Writers on the Loose – Summer Readaround 26 July 2017

Menopause moans, Botox blues and aerobics on speed. No, not an episode of Loose Women, but the themes of three excellent humorous articles from the AWC readaround held in Crosshouse. First in the hot seat was our host, Fiona A, with a really funny piece on the trials and tribulations of a menopausal woman. Much appreciated for its candour and comedy, we’re sure Fiona will be flushed with success...

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A Creative Readaround Mix – 12 July 2017

QUESTION: What do you get if you combine one wedding, two romances, two crimes, a B&B, a mermaid, a sprite, a haggis and bangles? ANSWER: Another fascinating evening at an AWC Summer Readaround. WARNING: The following blog suffers from a severe case of poor memory and no notes! Relaxing in the comfort of Sheila’s warm Kilmarnock welcome, Jennifer kicked off with an intriguing tale of crime...

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Midsummer in Moscow: Summer Readaround – 28 June 2017

Not that Moscow broil. The Ayrshire Moss-cow (so-pronounced I’m reliably informed) and as breathtaking in its quieter way. That’s the pull of these Readarounds for nomads such as me. I get to explore this country I moved to three years ago; and hitch a ride to others through listening to my fellow writers’ work. First I got mine out of the way. I’d written nothing new, so inspired by a piece...

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Summer Readaround – 7 June 2017: wrestling with writer’s withdrawal

For those with writer’s withdrawal, we managed a quick fix by attending our second of the summer readrounds, hosted by Maggie, in the magical setting at her home in Kilmaurs.   Linda kicked the evening off by offering a chapter of her work-in-progress novel ‘A Clean Slate’.  We were introduced to Annie Dobson, a maid working in The Imperial whose mundane life had consisted of brooms, bedlinen...

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