Speakers Programme 2018/19

Over the course of the next year, seven speakers will visit Ayr Writers’ Club.

19th September – David F Ross

David is an Ayrshire based writer. His debut novel The Last Days of Disco, set in Kilmarnock at the height of Thatcher’s Britain, was described by Muriel Gray as ‘dark, hilarious and heartbreaking’.  David has continued the exploits of Disco’s main characters in his next two novels The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas and The Man Who Loved Islands (longlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize 2017’)

David has spoken at Aye Write Festival in Glasgow, Tideline’s Festival, Irvine and the Edinburgh Book Festival. He’s been interviewed on The Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland.

Due to the huge popularity of his novels in Germany, David appeared in March 2018 at the Cologne Literature Festival.


10th October – Caro Ramsay 

Caro is an osteopath, acupuncturist and a successful crime author with ten published novels in the Anderson and Costello series. Her first book, Absolution, published in 2007, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger. Her second, Singing to the Dead (2009), was longlisted for The Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

Caro is a popular and amusing speaker and workshop leader– she’s appeared at many writing events including Bloody Scotland, Crime at the Castle and Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate.

Her latest novel The Sideman was published earlier this year.


17th October – Lesley Sehli

Lesley Sehli is an author and motivational speaker with a strong emphasis on personal empowerment. Her book He Said Die, I Say No! is based on a true story of survival against the odds. It tells the story of her groundbreaking career, her escape from domestic abuse, and her battle with aggressive cancer. She has spoken to thousands of people across the globe and is currently working on her second book.


21st November – Gerry Cambridge

Gerry is a poet, essayist and poetry magazine editor. He writes about the natural world, human relationships, male adolescence, and reconnecting to the natural environment.

His professional background is photography and natural history (his nature photographs have been published in hundreds of books and magazines). He also plays the harmonica, often putting poems to music, and enjoys cross-media projects: music/poetry, photography/poetry.


23rd January – Bill Coles

Bill is a journalist and a writer. The subjects of his six novels range from the atomic bombs of World War II to the story of Lucky Lord Lucan. He writes for the Huffington Post and Daily Beast as well a woman’s magazine in Australia.

Bill was the New York Correspondent for the Sun in 1997 and 1998 and now trains other journalists. He is also a tabloid consultant with newspaper groups in South Africa, Glasgow and Dundee.

He has written a book on journalism, packed with stories from Fleet Street – as well as a very interesting tale about a guinea pig.


6th February – John Binnie 

John is a freelance playwright/director. He co-founded Glasgow’s Clyde Unity Theatre in 1986 and produced over fifteen plays with them both in the UK and abroad. Performances were backed up by community outreach work.

He taught playwriting in Glasgow and Massachusetts and recently worked for the British Council doing a large-scale musical dance drama (Journey) in Namibia and Scotland.

Bill helped create a new drama (Our House) which toured both Nigeria and Scotland. He also worked with Brighton-based circus theatre company BandBazi, developing four dramas involving words and trapeze.


3rd April – Elizabeth McKay

Elizabeth is the author of three successful children’s picture books – Wee Granny’s Magic Bag, Wee Granny and the Ceilidh and Wee Granny’s Magic Bag and the Pirates. She’s also had hundreds of short stories and articles published in a variety of magazines in the UK and overseas.

Elizabeth enjoys meeting her young readers at school and library events. She runs creative writing workshops and is a sought-after competition adjudicator for both the Scottish Association of Writers conference and writers’ clubs.

In 2015 Wee Granny’s Magic Bag was featured on the BBC’s CBeebies Bedtime Story programme, read beautifully by Scottish actor James McAvoy.



Non-members are encouraged to join us for these special events. £3 entry per speaker session.