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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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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