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Saraband Publishing – Sara Hunt, 20th November 2013

An excellent and fascinating evening listening to Sara Hunt of Saraband talk about publishing today. Sara Hunt’s clever, dry humour helped to deliver a difficult message, i.e. that getting published in this publishing “Worst of Times” seems to be an uphill struggle, often dependent on networking or luck.   The success story about Sara’s friend who was given a financially...

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Writing memoir: tipping the balance with Alison Chisholm – 9th Oct, 2013

And then someone asked the killer question. “Do you have a perspective on the truth?” It exploded with the shrapnel of ethics and sensitivity ricocheting around the room. The prospect of defamation, libel and law suits was clearly something that concerned many in the room. Any fledgling or fully-formed memoirs lurking within the club must be brimful of exposés and revelations. Will the Ayrshire...

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An Evening with Christopher Brookmyre

by Flora Napier      Published in the Kilmarnock Standard and the Ayrshire Post 4/10/13 Author Christopher Brookmyre spoke to a full house at the Carlton Hotel in Prestwick on Wednesday evening about his writing career. Brookmyre, who is the author of 17 novels to date, read an excerpt from his latest book, Flesh Wounds, to the rapt audience, but wasn’t giving away any clues about his 18th novel...

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Christopher Brookmyre – 25th September, 2013

                                                       Christopher Brookmyre (Should he carry a warning?) The ‘Guardian’ quotes Christopher Brookmyre as ‘one of the funniest writers in Britain’. Listening to him earlier this week, I was also happy to learn he is ‘one of the funniest speakers in Britain!’  He performs with the timing and punch lines of a stand...

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Speaker – Jim Thomson, 17th April, 2013

Law & Order A policewoman spots a man driving and knitting at the same time.Driving up beside him, the policewoman shouts out the window. “Pull over!”“No,” the man shouts back, “a pair of socks!” Taking my seat with the memory of my nephew’s (9)  innocent joke playingin my mind, making me smile, my thoughts drifted back to the last timewhen I heard...

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Speaker – Fiona Gibson, 10th April, 2013

Fiona Gibson’s writing is witty and clever and funny, and very refreshing. And Fiona Gibson in person is all those things.  We were treated to an evening of anecdotes and honest talk that gave some fascinating insights into the journeys of this novelist. With eight books behind her – or rather piled up about on the table before her, there was a wealth of experience to share. We traced a path...

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Valerie Thornton – 27th February 2013

Club members were privileged to welcome Valerie Thornton, poet, writer, creative writing tutor and editor to the club this week. Before the meeting, Valerie had read and studied our poems on Clyde Wildlife; she opened in a very encouraging way, proclaiming each and every poem to have merit. Valerie went on to read each poem aloud clearly and sensitively followed by individual feedback delivered...

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Betty McKay’s Seminar – 26th January 2013

What a fun packed and inspirational day was had by everyone who attended the Betty McKay seminar held in The Carlton Hotel on Saturday the 26th January. Welcoming refreshments supplied by the Carton Hotel and a surprise bag of goodies sourced courtesy of Sheila Grant ensured the workshop got off to the best of starts. Betty soon had the entire audience enthralled by her hints and tips of how to...

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