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Laughter at the Let’s Write Night – 4 October 2017

Well, my first blog for the Ayr Writers’ Club and as a new member I must admit I am finding this a wee bitty daunting. Not that I am a stranger to writing material that others are going to read; however these are mainly in the form of reports and assessments, nothing quite as exciting as a blog where I can express my own own thoughts and feelings on the subject matter. Speaking of which,...

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An evening with Sheila Templeton: a Buchan Quine – 27 September 2017

Ayr Writers’ Club was delighted to welcome Sheila Templeton, poet and past club member to give a talk on her personal journey in what is for some, the daunting world of poetry writing. From the outset of her talk, Sheila had the audience of old, although not in years, and new members hanging on her every word. In between readings of her works, Sheila told how from her earliest days she had...

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It was a dark and stormy night … 20 September 2017

It was a dark and stormy night… And I was almost tempted not to go to our first Readaround night but I was arranging the evening so I thought I’d better turn up. I had done some preparation. I checked the bag of numbers – four groups of every number from one to six. I thought six groups might be a bit ambitious on such a dreich evening so I carefully corralled the sixes in a separate bag. In...

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A couplet of perspectives: poetry workshop – 13 September 2017

With enthusiasm brimming over from the poetry workshop last week, we are treated to a pair of blogs from which inspiration and advice can be gleaned: thanks to Maggie Bolton and Eddie Phillips.   ‘We are all poets this evening’ That’s what Alison Craig told us at the beginning of her workshop. Even though poetry may not be ‘your thing’ we all have it in us....

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Setting the Scene: Launch Night – 6 September 2017

After a summer of read-arounds, Ayr Writers’ Club reconvened on 6 September 2017 at the Mercure Hotel to begin the 2017/2018 season. The room was bustling and all the tables were filled as Alison Craig welcomed new and long-standing members alike. The night was titled ‘Opening Night: Setting the Scene’ and it was obvious why as Alison introduced the room to the Committee (highlighting the vacant...

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The Soor Plum Gang in Drongan – Summer Readaround, 23 August 2017

The eclectic mix of writing shared in the Readarounds continued to the end. As we enjoyed the hospitality of Richard and Irene, the pace of summer scribbling showed no sign of abating, and bodes well for the 2017/18 programme that starts next month. It’s impossible to do anything other than capture the essence of pieces that were put under the spotlight. As ever, each author came away with...

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Slates, shoppers and sinners – Summer Readaround, 9 August 2017

The penultimate summer readaround of 2017 gathered on Wednesday 9 August at Nigel’s in Symington. The air still held the warmth of summer, and things were looking good as no fewer than ten writers arrived at our host’s door. Even better, as I stepped inside, I noted that the kitchen table held a goodly spread of cakes! But first, there was work to do, and the evening was kicked off by Martin,...

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Writers on the Loose – Summer Readaround 26 July 2017

Menopause moans, Botox blues and aerobics on speed. No, not an episode of Loose Women, but the themes of three excellent humorous articles from the AWC readaround held in Crosshouse. First in the hot seat was our host, Fiona A, with a really funny piece on the trials and tribulations of a menopausal woman. Much appreciated for its candour and comedy, we’re sure Fiona will be flushed with success...

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