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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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Poetry Workshop – 18th April, 2012

Thanks to good preparation prompts by Alison Craig, our workshop leader for the poetry session, the majority of attendees had brought along poems based on the theme of ‘wind’. Whether finished item or first draft, all were welcomed and received an appreciative hearing by the group and rapid appraisal by Alison as to whether it was in fact 3 poems or may be better re-arranged. This...

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Speaker – Michael Malone, 11th April 2012

When Michael first set foot in the AWC of 1994 it was not with the ease and composure that characterised his presentation on ‘Crime Writing’, to last night’s audience. Apprehensive about his place within the anticipated superior, cravat wearing, intelligentsia, he was surprised by the ensuing years of support, encouragement and sound advice from which he benefitted. Michael outlined the...

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Speaker – Jim Thomson, 4th April, 2012

Wednesday night’s speaker Jim Thomson had a captured audience (that’s the only bad joke in the text, folks) as we listened to how the police deal with serious crime. Ian began his career with the police in 1973, rising through the ranks to Deputy Divisional Commander. He talked through the tools and techniques used by the modern police force in crime detection. It was a case of ‘CSI’ meets...

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Speaker – Roddy Martine, 28th March, 2012

Headline news! “Whisky saved my life” says author, journalist, editor and Keeper of the Quaich Roddy Martine. As the club’s guest speaker last night Mr Martine had the whole audience eating out of the palm of his hand with a humorous and interesting talk and a revealing question & answer session. His talk covered his career from entering the publishing industry as a printer through to...

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Drama Workshop – 21st March, 2012

Helena’s drama evening was most enjoyable which I felt in many ways was directed at me. Carolyn’s introductory talk, although not about drama, highlighted the dramatic effects that the debilitating condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) has had on herself and thousands more. Having endured this condition myself for many years, it is without a doubt; Carolyn was truly speaking for ME. With this...

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TIME FOR ACTION CAMPAIGN

My thanks go to Ann and Sheila for allowing me a few minutes to talk to the club the other night about something very important to me.  If you were not there, let me explain. TIME FOR ACTION, is the name of a campaign which is seeking to publicise more widely the ignorance, injustice and neglect faced by people with M.E. in order to encourage the government to put this right.  The idea is to...

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SAW 2012 – A First Timer’s View

  Having attended the annual Scottish Association of Writers’ Conference, I am excited and filled with confidence and inspiration. The conference itself is, in most part, an awards ceremony and this, I would advise all first time attendants who haven’t entered, is the majority of the event itself (I imagine it s much more exciting being entered). The adjudications were, however, interesting...

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