Zoom in for the opener – 16 September 2020

Welcome to the 2020/21 Ayr Writers’ Club season! Opening night went without a hitch on the first of our LIVE Zoom sessions. This year’s President, Jeanette, warmly welcomed us and introduced readings from an array of 2019/20 successful writing pieces throughout the evening. Committee members were also on hand to guide us through the changes in how we are going to proceed and all the...

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As summer and Readarounds end … 2 September 2020

For this evening Ajay had matched us all up with characters from the plays of The Bard himself. Nothing personal in it, he assured us, even where Lady Macbeth was concerned … We kicked off with another instalment from Anne’s novel, working title A proper sinner. She wanted our feedback on the setting of Riverbank Lodge and the dialogue centring around Detective Inspector Ogilvie’s...

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Peak Performances at Readaround – 19 August 2020

Apologies firstly because, although I endeavoured to record the evening, I should have written the blog on Thursday before life took over. (Note to self, procrastination is usually no use!) As seems to be the norm at this year’s Readaround sessions, there was a theme to the organisation of the evening. With Nigel hosting it wouldn’t be too big a stretch of the imagination to guess that members...

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A Readaround Beano at the Broons – 5 August 2020

Emotions, nostalgia and critical existential questions featured on this Chequerboard of Zoom. In a couple of hours we travelled from an Italian paradise to a patchouli-scented gran on the 1970s’ rock festival scene. In between, we plunged the depths of domestic violence, prompted memories of clothes line tennis, and debated the merits of just one word. Each allocated a comic character by...

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Easy as ABC – Zoom Readaround 22 July 2020

Friendly faces smile from the grid of little boxes on my laptop screen, like an online episode of Celebrity Squares. Ooops, remember to click on ‘audio’ to hear and be heard. 7.30 pm … and we are ‘live’ and zooming from the comfort of our living rooms, lounges and studies under the capable hands of Ajay, technical support and muter, and our genial host, Jeanette.  Zoom is as easy as ABC. Which...

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Opening the boxes: a revelation Readaround – 8 July 2020

Readaround Number Three was another enjoyable and productive evening. We are getting used to the new normal i.e., seeing our writing friends stacked up in little boxes on the screen, like items in an Amazon warehouse. Apart from the occasional sound or connection glitch, all went well. With Ajay in the engine room and Ken at the helm, we were soon under way. Ann began with an extract from her...

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Lock-down Readaround Zoom – 24 June 2020

Wednesday evening, just after dinner, and instead of pulling on my coat and heading out to join some fellow writing enthusiasts at a kindly host’s house, I stay in my own house and sign into Zoom. Another eight familiar friendly faces pop onto the screen and after brief how’d-you-do’s and instructions, we were picking our literary pseudonym from Carolyn’s wonderfully...

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Zooming Into Summer? Readaround – 10 June 2020

Lots of firsts. First, thanks to Suzy for, firstly, coaching some of us IT ‘dinosaurs’ – or as I prefer, we intrepid explorers – and then hosting, virtually glitch-free (apart from a couple of audio issues) our first virtual Readaround, the first of summer 2020. Whew. 7.00pm and time to titivate. I hate sighting myself in photos; framed in a little box is no better. One bonus – I can...

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