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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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Five Go for a Readaround in the Carrick Hills – 25 July 2018

Five readers met at Tim’s house in the Carrick Hills on a sunny evening, sitting on the veranda looking eastwards at a splendid panorama of the Southern Uplands with the highest mountain, The Merrick (2,766 feet), in the far-away distance. Sadly, not quite a Munro, which is a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet. More of the Munros later. Chris G. kicked off with a short piece, in prose style which...

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A Kickaboot at Troon – Readaround, 11 July 2018

As England prepared to bring football home, some of us headed to Troon for the latest Readaround, and a warm welcome from Anne. The ball was set in motion with my entry for the Catherine Walker Short Story Competition. The theme is conservation with a wordcount of 2000. Closing date is 21 July, so there is still time to put pen to paper and submit an entry to Janice Johnston. Go on . . . you...

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Competing with the lawnmower: Readaround @ Carolyn’s – 27 June 2018

It was a beautiful sunny evening when we headed for the Ayr Writers’ Readaround at Carolyn’s. It’s not often we see such good weather in Scotland so we headed for the garden to enjoy the warmth around our circle of friends. Carolyn kicked off the evening reading a memoir on behalf of Yolanda. Poo Sticks was the title. This started off light-hearted about a friendly game. But as the story...

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On a wet summer evening … Readaround – 13 June 2018

The rain rattling down on Maggie’s conservatory roof belied the description of the evening being part of a “Summer Readaround.” On the other hand, the range and quality of contributions more than made up for the lack of sunshine: words and creativity shone through. A scene from the latest instalment of Martin’s Mauchline crime novel was set in Crosshouse Hospital, culminating in the chilling...

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Full House at Pat’s Pad – 30 May 2018

Q: How many writers does it take to fill Pat’s living room? A: A whopping sixteen – including our generous host herself. Actually, we were extremely fortunate the first AWC summer Readaround of 2018 didn’t take place on Pat’s sun-drenched driveway, thanks to a delayed French flight. But our intrepid host made it to her ain pairty by the skin of her teeth, tanking home from the airport to find...

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