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Readaround 15th July 2015

Ayr Writers’ Club’s fourth summer Readaround maintained its high standard of entertainment and sheer talent. Pat welcomed us once again to her home as Nigel, due to sad family circumstances, was unable to host the evening. We were pleased to welcome Nicola, a new recruit to AWC who will join us officially in September. The evening began with a further delve into the twisted mind of Martin’s...

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Nigel Ward Workshop on True Crime 14th January 2015

“I am not a criminal and not an expert on crime” was the intriguing opening to Nigel’s superb evening. He tells lies you know. Maybe not a criminal but he was very much an expert in guiding us through a range of methods and sources, which could be used to aid our research into true crime for a forthcoming club competition. He emphasised that most, if not all of us, would have to rely on...

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Computing Workshop – 3rd April 2013

I like to think I’m reasonably computer literate – after all, I work on a computer most days – but every time she has a workshop, Debbie still manages to show me ways I can make even better use of my time. At her latest workshop, she began by talking about iPads. Do you know how many iPads are left on planes every day? So how can they identify the owners? Now, I don’t...

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Michael J Malone – Blood Tears book launch

Michael recently hosted a very successful evening to launch his  book, Blood Tears. This is the first in a series featuring DI Ray McBain, a Glasgow detective who has too many friends in the underworld for his own good. It’s a cracking read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series. But don’t take my word for it, check out these rave reviews. You can also find...

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Writing Prompt – The Angel’s Share

It’s funny how writing prompts I wrote years ago are becoming topical again. This one was originally inspired by an article then a follow up letter in The Herald. This week it is relevant because of the Ken Loach film which has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival Let’s see if it can inspire you all over again! ‘The angel’s share’ is the name given...

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Boswell Book Festival – 11-13th May 2012

We are so lucky to have on our doorstep the wonderful Boswell Book Festival. Only in its second year, it brought a plethora of inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking speakers to talk about their lives or the lives of those they chose to write about. There was so much to choose from and not enough time or energy to see and do everything. We began on the Friday night with Dr Johnson’s...

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Betty McKay’s Workshop – 12th May, 2012

Being late was not a good start, especially when the first item on the programme was tea/coffee with handmade chocolates from Lime Tree Larder. Luckily, the other participants in Betty McKay‘s workshop had restrained themselves and left me a lovely selection of yummy treats. Betty introduced me to 6 members of Largs Writers and one other solo writer, though we didn’t feel on our own...

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Success Night – 2nd May, 2012

Wednesday was our chance to celebrate the winners of club competitions through the year, but before Ann led us through the readings, she highlighted some of the successes our members have enjoyed in the world outside (i.e. publication). Our Success Book has many more items recorded this year than in previous years, including Alice Muir, one of our postal members, who has published four books on...

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