Scots, a cultural heritage to be shared: poetry with Rab Wilson – 6 November 2019

To a Sassenach whose first exposure to Scots was hearing about ‘dwangs’ in the ‘flair’ while renovating a house, the evening was an eye-opener. Rab Wilson, Convener of the Scots Language and ‘one of Scotland’s most accomplished poets’ explained that by the fifteenth century Scots had emerged from a battleground of tongues as one of the great languages of...

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A Slick Production – 23 October 2019

False identities, deceit, bribes, grave digging, and a tail-less horse. Ayr Writers’ club night was full of unusual items and bizarre events. One bag. Five items. Endless possibilities. Police reports of a mysterious event in the grounds of Alloway Auld Kirk lead to mysterious and bizarre tales full of intrigue and curious characters. With far more laughs than you would expect from a room of...

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Squeezing big ideas into small sentences: non-fiction with Daniel Gray – 16 October 2019

After a wonderful session last week with the very literary and sporty (very!) Helen Palmer, who set the standard for the season with readings from unpublished novels and the topic “Mythobiography : breathing new life into old stories,” the Club welcomed Daniel Gray – author, copywriter, screenwriter, researcher, presenter, event chair, podcaster, video maker, writer-in-residence, workshop...

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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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