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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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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