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Pick’n’Mix at Troon – 5 June 2019

‘Pick a number. Any number,’ said Anne, our host, passing a bowl containing numbered slips of paper around the circle of writers.  I pulled No. 9 in the ‘Troon Tombola’ which meant I should be 9th to read – however due to a couple of last-minute cancellations, we had more numbers than people. But we’re not easily confused and Anne’s clever system sorted out the evening’s readaround running...

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The First Summer Pot-Pourri – 22 May 2019

So the club has closed for the summer, what are we to do now? No more writing, no more competitions, no more meetings. Aye right! The summer break is one of the busiest times for Ayr Writers’ Club. We may not have the usual venue but writing still goes on. We gather in members’ houses to read and discuss drafts or perhaps polished entries for upcoming competitions. Others read extracts from...

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Round of Applause, Please – AWC Success Night– 24 April 2019

As another Ayr Writers’ Club year careered towards its close, it was time, once again, for our Success Night – the evening we celebrate the talent and achievements of members who either won or were placed in one of the club’s nine competitions. So, pull up a chair. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…. Our evening kicked off with Chris Palmer’s thought provoking first placed Book...

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Glad-rags, gongs … and a spoon: Annual Awards Dinner – 8 May 2019

Someone might have already Instagram’d the food. The Twittersphere might have been awash with the chat, the craik and the comedy moments on the night. But the only place you’ll see the smiling faces, proud gurning grimaces and congratulatory handshakes is here. So, letting the pictures tell the story, here’s when the trophies were handed over, by either Gill or Linda, and...

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Feedback on a controversial comma – 10 April 2019

‘I don’t think I’m up to it. I can’t write.’ That’s what I should have said. That would have been a good thing for me to say, all true and straightforward, like I’m supposed to be. But, you know how some people are really good at thinking fast and talking good and getting things to go their way and some people, well, just aren’t – I’m one of them, the some-people who just aren’t. I...

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Basking in reflected glory: SAW Success Night – 27 March 2019

It’s not often that you sit in a room surrounded by so many award winners, knowing that you are all part of the same group. BAFTAs or Oscars, Emmys or Brits, Bookers, Costas, Carnegies or Greenaways? No, none of the above. The night, minus red carpets and posh frocks was about Ayr Writers’ Club and the Scottish Association of Writers awards. Ten of our number came away from the annual conference...

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The Night We Bagged Magic: writing for young children with Elizabeth MacKay – 3 April 2019

There was no escaping magic, when Elizabeth MacKay took centre stage for Young Children’s Fiction. The writer from Dalry in Ayrshire, has achieved success with approximately 300 published stories and articles. A warm welcome was expertly provided by Linda Brown, Joint President, describing Betty as an acclaimed children’s author of three books; Wee Granny’s Magic Bag, published 2011; Wee Granny...

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What’s not to like: writing for under 7s with Maggie Bolton – 20 March 2019

No better way of learning to write for young children than from someone who has achieved success in the field.  Maggie, a long time member of AWC, is a skilled and imaginative writer of books in that genre who also illustrates her books with such lovely pictures you wish you had a child for whom to buy them. Writing for children has changed over the past years.  No more talking trains,...

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