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Janice Galloway – 9th January 2013

Some comments after a wonderful night with Janice Galloway. – Wow! What a fantastic night that was with a truly magnificent speaker and a packed house!Ann – Absolutely!I can’t remember the last time I felt so engaged by a speaker.I think that I have finally managed to understand some of the advice on writing I’ve been listening to for years, without actually hearing...

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Eileen Gallagher and Ann McManus – 28th November, 2012

Our meeting with ‘Shed Productions’ was a great night, exploring writing for TV with Eileen Gallagher and Ann McManus. It gave us a fascinating insight into the beginnings of their successful company. From the beginnings of working at LWT, and writing for ‘Take the High Road’, we heard some highlights from writing for ‘Coronation Street’: ‘This character isn’t working, shove her down a hole’…...

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Catherine MacPhail – 7th November, 2012

With 43 books under her belt, our guest speaker this week, Cathy MacPhail, certainly knows her stuff. She gave us lots of good advice over the course of the evening. She likes to start with a character and pick up snippets from all around to add to the story. A good character can create their own story and finding the right voice can bring the story to life. One of her characters, Granny...

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Karen Campbell – 3rd October, 2012

We had a treat this week when Karen Campbell came to speak to us and read from some of her novels. Karen had always loved writing, which led her to a degree in English, but after graduating she found she wanted a change, so joined the police. Working shifts, she had little time to write, but when she left the force, she completed a creative writing course under tutors like James Kelman and...

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Michael Malone – 19th Sept. 2012

What an excellent and inspirational night we had last Wednesday. We enjoyed the return of one of oor ain, Michael Malone, now a fully fledged novelist to add to his many achievements as a poet. He’s an inspiration before he even opens his mouth! But he was at AWC to talk about motivation, so talk he did, and what a wonderful talk, full of pithy observation and direction, littered with examples...

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Radio Head – 12th September, 2012

For the most recent club meeting, we were in the tender hands of vice-chairs, Wilma Scott and Dorothy Gallagher, after El Presidente, Ann Burnett succumbed to illness – a speedy recovery is wished by all. A warm welcome to our guest speaker was provided by Wilma and we were introduced to Jeff Zykinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland. And what a meeting it was as Jeff enthralled us with a...

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Uuganaa Ramsay – Woman of the Year 2012 for Mongolians in Europe

Last weekend I went to London, so excited to see the Mongolian singer Jargalsaihan’s concert. Well, ok I admit it I was excited because I was nominated for an award – Woman of the Year 2012 for Mongolians in Europe. This was the awards ceremony in Copthorne Hotel in Kensington I was going to. A few weeks earlier I had received a phone call from David Scott, the Honorary Consul for...

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