10 Open-Mic Spots for Local Poets, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine – 17 Jan 2020

Chase off the January blues with a warming evening of poetry – A Poem, A Pie and a Dram –  brought to you by Tidelines, North Ayrshire’s home-grown book festival. With guest appearances from award-winning poets Tracy Harvey, Scriever, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and Magi Gibson, former Makar, city of Stirling, GoMA writer-in-residence & reader in residence, Glasgow Women’s...

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Weekend Conference, Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) – 20 March 2020

The Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) has been working to support writers since 1978. SAW holds 40 writing groups within its membership and works as a not-for-profit organisation to promote creative writing in every community throughout Scotland. The annual SAW Conference takes place in March each year. It combines a choice of Writing Workshops, National Competitions, Guest Speakers –...

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Wild Goose – A Novel by Damaris West

Published 4-book novelist, short story writer, poet, and Ayr Writers’ Club Member Damaris West’s very first novel, Wild Goose (Crimson Cloak Publishing), has recently undergone a little bit of a regeneration for 2019 – a brand new, muted-colours, poignant book cover. The lone goose, flying solo at dawn, captures, and reflects, the themes of personal empowerment that are tightly...

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Explore Govan – A Walking Guide Book by Marion C. Husband

Ayr Writers’ Club member, and Membership Secretary, Marion Husband’s recent book publication, Explore Govan, is a fantastic walking guide through Govan’s weaving streets and spaces. It’s a chance to properly explore the significance of the historic sites, the very old buildings, dotted on every corner of this much-loved Glasgow annex. With a numbered street map to help,...

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Ayr Writers’ Success at 2019 Imprint Writing Awards

There was plenty to celebrate at this year’s Imprint Writing Awards presentation event at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock. Four members of Ayr Writers’ Club had five of the twelve short-listed entries in the 2019 competition – Greta Yorke for Poem. Maggie Bolton, Kirsty Hammond, Jeanette Driver for Story and Kirsty Hammond for Letter – with Kirsty going on to take first place in the...

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Imprint Writing Award Prize Giving – 28 November 2019

The entries are in and the judges have decided. It’s time to announce the winners of the 2019 Imprint Writing Awards, hosted by East Ayrshire Leisure. A special prize giving event will be held at the Dick Institute, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BT, on Thursday 27th November between 7pm and 9pm. This year there was an Open theme across three categories – Story (Fiction or Narrative...

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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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