Carolyn O’Hara’s Poem, ‘By Chance’, Selected for Inclusion in National Book Publication

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Carolyn O’Hara, a writer who’s already had a number of short stories and articles published, has had a lot more to celebrate this week. Her true-life poem, By Chance, was selected as one of the very best entries from over 400 nation-wide submissions to Scottish Book Trust’s annual story project. This year’s project theme, Blether, put a...

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Author Event with Catherine Simpson and Catherine Czerkawska at Ayr’s Carnegie Library – 21 November 2019

Where: Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB When: Thursday 21 November 2019 at 7.30pm Join us for an evening with two authors who have written about the sudden death of a family member and the impact that event had on their family. Catherine Simpson will speak about her book, When I had a Little Sister, a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of growing up in a farming family, and...

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Monthly Sunday Afternoon Mini-Writing-Retreat in Glasgow (4hrs)

Here’s a great opportunity to join with a few other writers who are doing absolutely nothing on an odd Sunday afternoon, except write. These monthly mini-retreats in the centre of Glasgow are quiet little pockets of time dedicated to flat-out work. It’s a straight 4 hour run, with a quick 10-minutes-off every hour, Pomodoro style, to pour coffee / eat Haribo / open that emergency...

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Ayr – Poem by Rabbie Burns, Photography by Marion Husband

  Tam o’ Shanter is a wonderfully epic poem in which Burns paints a vivid picture of the drinking classes in the old Scotch town of Ayr, in the late 18th century. It is populated by several unforgettable characters including, of course, Tam himself, his bosom pal, Souter (Cobbler) Johnnie and his own long suffering wife Kate, “Gathering her brows like gathering storm, nursing...

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Scots Leid Wirkshoaps – 19 October, 9 & 16 November, 14 December 2019

Join Tracy Harvey, Scots Scriever, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ, for a series of 4 Scots language themed writing workshops during October, November and December (all free-of-charge). These will be fun, creative and informal sessions to encourage everyone attending to learn about, and celebrate, the Scots language.     Full details...

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Witch Hitch – A Children’s Picture Book by Greta Yorke, Illustrated by Maggie Bolton

Witch Hitch, is the first of four delightful children’s picture book collaborations between Ayr Writers’ Club members, Greta Yorke and Maggie Bolton. Winner of the 2018 Scottish Association of Writers’ award for Self Published Book, Witch Hitch is a  lovely, fun adventure through a world where so many witches just can’t find their things, no matter where they look. But surely they must be there...

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The Woo in the Wild Woods – A Children’s Picture Book by Greta Yorke, Illustrated by Maggie Bolton

The beguilingly titled, The Woo in the Wild Woods, is the second of four picture books for 3-8 year old children published by successful Ayr Writers’ Club collaborators, author Greta Yorke and children’s illustrator Maggie Bolton. It tells a magical story of a young trainee wizard called Jamie. He’s passed all his tests in Wizard School, had great success with casting spells, but there’s a...

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Tartan Witch – A Children’s Picture Book by Greta Yorke, Illustrated by Maggie Bolton

Tartan Witch is the third wonderful witch-and-wizard-themed publication for Ayr Writers’ Club author Greta Yorke and illustrator Maggie Bolton. This funny story sparkles as a group of witches find that they are dreading their friend Tartan Witch’s imminent visit – because they don’t understand very much of what she says! Follow this joyful story as Tartan Witch regales the other witches with all...

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