Ayr Writers’ Club’s LiterEight Group are Invited Guest Speakers at Local Community Guild

Ayr Writers’ Club stalwarts, Fiona Aitchinson, Helena Sheridan, Janice Johnstone and Greta Yorke, four members of the acclaimed LiterEight writing group, were recently invited to speak at the local Guild of Holy Trinity Church, Cumnock. Sharing a broad selection of their writing and performing talents with an enthusiastic and welcoming guild audience, their twist-in-the-tale fictions,...

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Nigel Ward’s National Competition Win Featured in Scottish Mountaineer Magazine

Ayr Writers’ Club Treasurer, Nigel Ward, has climbed some mountains in his time – all of the 282 Munros in Scotland, for example – but, scrambling past his prose-writing peers to claim first prize in Mountaineering Scotland’s 2019 Writing Competition, was quite a feat. Mountaineering Scotland has held an annual UK-wide competition of creative writing for over 30 years....

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Swanwick Writers’ Summer School – 8-14 August 2020

Swanwick, as it is fondly known, is the world’s longest running week-long writers’ conference. It is set within the heart of Derbyshire, in the height of summer weeks. Booking is now open. Go right ahead. Or maybe you could win your way there through their yearly competitions – with a poem (40 lines), children’s fiction (1000 wds), or short story (1000 wds) The theme for...

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Aye Write Festival, Mitchell Library, Glasgow – 12-29 March 2020

Aye Write is back for 2020, from 12-29 March, with – fiction, politics, poetry, crime & thriller, memoir, history, music, and much much more. This year sees the return of Aye Write Introduces and The Books That Made Me, amongst another stellar line-up of authors, including – Maggie O’Farrell, Val McDermid, Joanna Trollope, Bake-Off’s Prue Leith, Strictly’s Anton...

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10 Open-Mic Spots for Local Poets, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine – 17 Jan 2020

Chase off the January blues with a warming evening of poetry – A Poem, A Pie and a Dram –  brought to you by Tidelines, North Ayrshire’s home-grown book festival. With guest appearances from award-winning poets Tracy Harvey, Scriever, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and Magi Gibson, former Makar, city of Stirling, GoMA writer-in-residence & reader in residence, Glasgow Women’s...

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Weekend Conference, Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) – 20 March 2020

The Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) has been working to support writers since 1978. SAW holds 40 writing groups within its membership and works as a not-for-profit organisation to promote creative writing in every community throughout Scotland. The annual SAW Conference takes place in March each year. It combines a choice of Writing Workshops, National Competitions, Guest Speakers –...

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Wild Goose – A Novel by Damaris West

Published 4-book novelist, short story writer, poet, and Ayr Writers’ Club Member, Damaris West’s very first novel, Wild Goose (Crimson Cloak Publishing), has recently undergone a little bit of a regeneration for 2019 – a brand new, muted-colours, poignant book cover. The lone goose, flying solo at dawn, captures, and reflects, the themes of personal empowerment that are...

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Explore Govan – A Walking Guide Book by Marion C. Husband

Ayr Writers’ Club member, and Membership Secretary, Marion Husband’s recent book publication, Explore Govan, is a fantastic walking guide through Govan’s weaving streets and spaces. It’s a chance to properly explore the significance of the historic sites, the very old buildings, dotted on every corner of this much-loved Glasgow annex. With a numbered street map to help,...

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