Bottom line basics of children’s fiction with Stuart Reid – 11 March 2020

I don’t know what I expected when I first went along to Ayr Writers’ Club four weeks ago. I do know what I didn’t expect – on my fourth visit to land the part of Annoying Alison in the impromptu production of a Gorgeous George book by the children’s author, Stuart Reid. The one where two little cheeky cheery chappies find a giant jobbie germinating in somebody’s potty paddling pool and...

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Fiction? Memoir? It depends on the lens seen by Catherine Simpson – 4 March 2020

The speed and enthusiasm with which our speaker captured the interest of the audience last Wednesday evening was great for the others but not so easy for me, being used to typing on my laptop instead of using a pen. However I tried my best to keep up, so here goes… Catherine Simpson’s writing career started eleven years ago, although she had been writing since she was eight years old. For...

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Dragons’ Penning with Pat Young – 19 February 2020

Storms Ciara and Dennis may have disrupted lives all over Britain, but neither gale force winds nor torrential rain could stop Pat Young in her endeavours to reach Ayr Writers’ Club. Not even the lack of a computer, printer or an iron for her blouse – Pat prevailed! A welcome return visitor to Ayr Writers’ Club, Pat came along to the Mercure to encourage our budding novelists to participate in a...

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Self-publishing: Kim Macleod – 12 February 2020

The pursuit of self-publishing can take several forms. Kim, who with her husband Sinclair, set up ‘Indie Authors World’, outlined the particular business model they had evolved to facilitate publishing the work of independent authors. In the midst of a wild weather week, more than twenty members and guests turned out to hear Kim’s ‘potted history’ presentation and Q&A session. Motivated by a...

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A Portal Into Another World: Lisa Tuttle on sci-fi and fantasy – 5 February 2020

Award-winning, American-born, Lisa Tuttle was welcomed by a full house at Ayr Writers’ Club this week. She fascinated sci-fi fans and encouraged those of us who are not such fans, to take a tentative step into the mysterious, magical, miraculous worlds imagined in this genre. Having longed to write from an early age, in a book-filled house, Lisa began telling her sister other-worldly stories...

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Oh, to be a teen! -15 January 2020

Ah, the first week back after the Christmas festivities (ok, ok, I know it’s now been weeks 2 and 3 after the Christmas festivities but let’s pretend that never happened, ok?). The majority of us full-bellied, hungover, at least a stone heavier yet lighter in bank balance (despite our best efforts to budget throughout the year following last years failed resolution)… But! There we were, back at...

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Enthusiastic endorsement: Feedback Evening – 29 January 2020

When Carrie asked me whether I would like to write this week’s blog, in that gentle way she has, I immediately blurted out: “Yes of course, why not.” There, it was done. Now I had plenty of time to worry and as we all know you can never do enough worrying! Besides, this was my first read-around making me uniquely qualified – not! Then I got to thinking, maybe my newbie status could provide...

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Rab Wilson and and the Valentine build-up – 22 January 2020

With all the Burns celebrations we were indeed honoured to have Rab Wilson, winner of many poetry awards and Makar, at the Club. Rab suggested the format as follows… the first half would be his response to the competition entries, the second half would be a writing workshop. ‘The best laid schemes o mice and men…’ Poems were as follows – Chew Chew, a train journey exposing the horrors of close...

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