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Always remember the shoes: novel writing workshop with Caro Ramsay – 10 October 2018

The truly talented and imaginative writer, Caro Ramsay, took the hot seat for the Novel Writing Workshop last Wednesday, at The Mercure Hotel, Ayr. The excellent turnout for our guest speaker at the Ayr Writers’ Club, provided the perfect ending to a beautiful Indian summer’s day. In her warm welcome and introduction Linda Brown, who is joint President of the club, skilfully described Caro as a...

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Feedback night: critical variety – 3 October 2018

Variety is the spice of life. That may be a bit of cliché but in terms of the reading material presented for consideration at Ayr Writers’ Club feedback night on Wednesday, it was certainly true. With members carefully divided into four groups on arrival – so as to avoid the awkwardness of having to adjudicate one’s own piece – silence descended as we became absorbed in the...

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Let’s Write – Never Underestimate the Power of a Shoe ** – 26 September 2018

Shoes. What can they tell you about the person who has chosen to wear them? This was the first question Gill and I posed on Let’s Write night, to four tables of eager writers – pens poised, notebooks open and raring to get down to business. After all, Let’s Write nights are when we write. Simples. To kick the evening off, each group was presented with a different image of footwear: brown Chelsea...

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Glasgow to Gaddafi: an evening with David F Ross – 19 September 2018

The evening of Wednesday 19 September will be, for those present at the Ayr Writers’ Club meeting in the Mercure Hotel, an evening to remember. Storm Ali was still blowing and brave souls faced the wind and rain to listen to Kilmarnock based author, David F Ross, talk about his life and his books and the forces that drive his writing. No one was disappointed. David started the night by telling...

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Choices, choices, choices at a workshop: then you have a novel – 12 September 2018

Around 7.15pm on Wednesday night, on our way to the Writers’ Club, Janice and I drove along Barns Street hoping for a parking space. Being economists we prefer street parking. We spotted a slot and were about to reverse in to it when we were confronted by a blonde female in a white mini who assumed it was her space. Janice stood her ground and confidently continued with her plan much to...

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Setting the Scene – 5 September 2018

Following the success of the summer Readarounds, Ayr Writers’ Club reconvened on 5 September 2018 at the usual spot in the Mercure Hotel to begin the 2018-19 season. Ayr Writers’ Club is now only two years from its Golden Anniversary, showing just how much we writers love getting together to inspire and learn – our members range from novice to published author, but one thing we all have in...

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Tales from Turnberry Readaround – 22 August 2018

For the final Readaround of the summer, six intrepid writers made their way to Turnberry. After a somewhat bumpy ride, they were rewarded with panoramic views and copious amounts of chocolate. What could be more inspiring? Nigel kicked off proceedings with a glimpse into the ‘wealth encrusted coastline of the Cote d’Azur’, seen through the eyes of an Englishman out in the midday sun. We felt the...

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A Variety Pack at Nigel’s Readaround – 8 August 2018

What better way to start a readaround than to listen to a piece directly inspired by the writer’s experience of the previous readaround? Marion’s City Girl versus Country Girl was a fun fusion of memoir, nostalgia, life writing and creative non-fiction. Packed with imagery and humour, she compared her youthful enthusiasm for the bright lights of Glasgow to the rural bliss the woman with jacket...

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