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Christmas Night at Waterstones – 12 December 2018

An enjoyable and entertaining evening was had by all who attended Ayr Writer’s Christmas night held at Waterstones Ayr. Firstly let me extend a huge thanks to the committee members for their hard work organising and hosting the evening.

The evening kicked off with a leisurely browse round the well stocked shelves of Waterstones, picking out that special Christmas gift or buying a treat for oneself. Raffle tickets were also on sale at a £1.00 a strip, all monies raised going to club funds.

David the manager at Waterstones gave us a short talk on the most popular books on sale this Christmas. Top of the pile, which came as no surprise, was Dynasties, the book that accompanies the BBC programme of the same name. Also on the list was Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly, this book explores Billy’s enduring love of his homeland. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is written from the experiences of a junior doctor, working within the NHS. Local interest books are well represented in Waterstones More Doon Valley Tales by Donald L. Reid takes a journey into the yesterdays of this area of East Ayrshire. Kate Bush’s How to be Invisible gives an insight into the singer’s song lyrics album by album. For children David recommended Toto the Ninja Cat by Dermot O’Leary a must have stocking filler for the young reader in the family. Toto is no ordinary cat who enjoys extraordinary adventures. All these and more line the well stocked shelves of Waterstones Ayr. On behalf of the AWC, I would like to thank David, and his staff for the interesting talk and opening the shop after hours to our club members.

After a short break to partake of various nibbles and soft drinks Chris Palmer, one of our vice-presidents took charge of the evening. With a few taps of the gavel to bring us all to heel Chris began the Christmas quiz. First round was, match the author to a book and being hopeful authors ourselves, we all excelled, many groups achieving ten out of ten. Round two was a picture round of ‘who are they?’. Celebrity faces numbered 1-10 stared out of an A4 page, once again many groups scored ten out of ten. Third round was on general knowledge again high scoring among the groups with one scoring ten out of ten. The fourth and final round was on music, five songs from the 70s and five favourite classical pieces. This round proved to be the nemesis for many of the groups: seems music is not high on the agenda of writers’ minds. A check of the score revealed that the winners were…The Book Addicts…Congratulations to the winners and all the runners-up.

Entries for a fifty word Christmas themed flash fiction competition had been called for before the party night and entries handed in when members arrived. David the manager of Waterstones judged the competition. The winner was Linda Brown with Andrews Christmas Gift of 1966; runners up were Kirsty and Jennifer.

The raffle winning tickets: – 791 Fiona, 226 Peter, 301 Pat, 291 Simon. Congratulations to you all. £61 was raised from the raffle with all monies going to club funds. Many thanks to all committee members and mystery donators of the raffle prizes.

I would like to congratulate and thank all committee members for the hard work and commitment they unceasingly give to the club. Without their voluntary service the club would not function.

To all AWC members I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Kind regards
Kathy Wallace

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