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A Creative Readaround Mix – 12 July 2017

QUESTION: What do you get if you combine one wedding, two romances, two crimes, a B&B, a mermaid, a sprite, a haggis and bangles? ANSWER: Another fascinating evening at an AWC Summer Readaround. WARNING: The following blog suffers from a severe case of poor memory and no notes! Relaxing in the comfort of Sheila’s warm Kilmarnock welcome, Jennifer kicked off with an intriguing tale of crime...

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Midsummer in Moscow: Summer Readaround – 28 June 2017

Not that Moscow broil. The Ayrshire Moss-cow (so-pronounced I’m reliably informed) and as breathtaking in its quieter way. That’s the pull of these Readarounds for nomads such as me. I get to explore this country I moved to three years ago; and hitch a ride to others through listening to my fellow writers’ work. First I got mine out of the way. I’d written nothing new, so inspired by a piece...

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Summer Readaround – 7 June 2017: wrestling with writer’s withdrawal

For those with writer’s withdrawal, we managed a quick fix by attending our second of the summer readrounds, hosted by Maggie, in the magical setting at her home in Kilmaurs.   Linda kicked the evening off by offering a chapter of her work-in-progress novel ‘A Clean Slate’.  We were introduced to Annie Dobson, a maid working in The Imperial whose mundane life had consisted of brooms, bedlinen...

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Performing at Prestwick: For One Night Only – Summer Readaround, 24 May 2017

An ambitious frog,  a self-absorbed teenager, an inventive writer, an athletic kid with a talent for mental arithmetic, a couple of spies and some sinister SS officers –  we met all these characters and more at our first summer readaround at Carolyn’s house in Prestwick.  These fortnightly meetings, held at a kindly member’s home, are a great way of keeping us procrastinating writers...

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Awards Dinner Rogues Gallery – 10 May 2017

We gathered, we ate and we clapped the successes of the year. Let the photographs tell the story as each winner is handed their silverware from Joint Presidents Fiona Atchison and Janice Johnston The AWC Trophy Cabinet Bioforce / A Vogel Book Review Trophy: Ann Burnett Leigh Trophy for Flash Fiction: Maggie Bolton Ellie Hamilton General Short Story Trophy AND Novel Trophy: Linda Brown Ayrshire...

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Code 998: book launch with Gail McPartland – 4 May 2017

Cue a drum role; trumpet fanfare; organ toccata. Or perhaps, given the occasion, a Weimar cabaret number. Whatever, on Thursday 4th May, the place to be was Waterstones in Ayr where Ayr Writers’ Club member Gail McPartland was launching her debut novel Code 998. This haunting story is set in the Nazi concentration camps and is rooted in true events. The bookshop quickly filled with friends,...

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And the winner is …. AWC Success Night – 26 April 2017

Last Wednesday night was THE night: the snacks were out, the lectern was in place and the room was filled with a buzz of excitement. Over the course of the next two hours we were treated to many pieces from six different genres, each read by its creator. And what a banquet it was with some writers demonstrating their versatility, reading pieces from more than one genre.   Ann Burnett’s work...

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Book review workshop with Catherine Lang – 19 April 2017

If you are like me and have never written or even thought of writing a book review, then Catherine Lang’s book review workshop on 19th April was the place to be. With several prize-winning book reviews to her credit, Catherine made what might seem a daunting topic not only extremely informative but fun. First, it was important to recognise what does not constitute a review. “It is not a blurb,...

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