Disruptive rewriting with Helen Palmer – 9 October 2019

Chris Palmer had requested a large and enthusiastic audience for this workshop and by the time he introduced his daughter Helen on Wednesday evening he was not disappointed. A published writer with books on philosophy, a swimmer, a boxer, a university lecturer and now in the final stages of producing her first novel. At once an engaging and thought-provoking session, Helen presented new insights...

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Feedback Evening: all in the mind of the reviewer – 2 October 2019

Be there for 7.15 it said. Clarified as p.m. – just in case. I arrived just after seven – just to be safe. Signed my name afore welcoming smiles, then entered. I skirted through the groups of empty chairs huddled in their orderly quadrants before gingerly exchanging my precious offering for Linda’s lucky dip. I land group four. More welcome smiles and easy chat whilst slowly further...

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How do you want the reader to feel? An evening with Karen Campbell – 25 September 2019

Karen Campbell was our speaker this evening, on her second visit to Ayr Writers’ Club. She has had a varied life, studying English at university, and then joining the police force before becoming a press officer for Glasgow City Council. She did a masters course in creative writing at the University of Glasgow, and when she moved to Galloway she decided to concentrate on her writing. She has...

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Great Beginnings for Ayr Writers’ Club – 18 September 2019

Six-foot iguanas. Schoolboys wandering the jungle. A woman doing… well, we don’t actually know. How do you craft that perfect opening that will hook your reader and compel them to read on? Luckily for Ayr Writers’ Club, Cathy McSporran was on hand to guide us in the right direction. Cathy is a Creative Writing tutor at Glasgow University and has adjudicated a few of our competitions over the...

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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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