Take Five Opening Lines – 27 November 2019

‘First sentences are doors to worlds’ – Ursula K Le Guin Split into groups of four, notebooks and pens poised, sluggish brains cranked into first gear and we were off – ready to tackle the writing exercise prepared by our Presidents Chris and Graeme. We were provided, one at a time, with five different opening lines with the aim of inspiring Flash Fiction stories and given...

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Bill Coles: Fiction Chat – 20 November 2019

This was no chat! It was a deluge of advice, hints, humour and experience from a most enthusiastic writer. I do not recall the club so silent as Bill bombarded us with tales of his career as a journalist, (wouldn’t mind hearing more of the stories he covered) and now a successful writer. And how reassuring to novice writers to learn that even established writers get knocked back from time to...

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A Glowing Feedback – 13 November 2019

It was a brisk, clear evening last Wednesday, when I arrived at the Mercure Hotel. The rising, full moon was casting an anticipatory glow and, as I stepped in from the chill, I was not disappointed. For a warm welcome awaited, at one of the best turnouts for a Feedback evening at the Ayr Writers’ Club. Members were asked to bring four copies of writing; in any genre, up to a maximum of...

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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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