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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Christmas Quiz Quandries – 18 December 2019

Coffee beans on the left, books on the right. Yes, this year’s annual Christmas quiz took place, as it always does, in the writer’s safest place: Waterstones. Once the initial flurry of ‘Are you feeling Christmassy yet?’ had abated, we were informed on Waterstones’s best selling books. Had I written this blog sooner, now would follow a detailed list of what those books were. Unfortunately, this...

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Travel writing, with Nigel Ward – 11 December 2019

As writers, we’re told to show not tell. But travel writing is different, said Nigel – we have to show AND tell. That’s because we not only have to entertain with our stories, we have to give direction to our readers – they might be climbing some distant mountainside, clutching our story in their hand – and if we send them in the wrong direction, we haven’t done our job. In his...

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Scripts and screens, with Martin McCardie – 4 December 2019

Martin McCardie, actor; play-wright; screen writer and BBC producer, played to a full house on Wednesday evening, and what an entertaining and informative evening it was! He began by telling us how his career started from a Y.O.P. scheme in Cumbernauld, through drama school, where he was also encouraged to try play-writing. His early acting career began on the stage and progressed to television...

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