UK and Ireland Directory of Poetry Journals, Magazines and Websites

Colin Bancroft, a widely-published poet living in the North Pennines and with a strong Twitter following, reached out for help to the Twitter writing community  recently – he wanted to compile an up-to-date directory of poetry journals, magazines, websites – places where poets could submit their work for publication. Suggestions flooded in. The resulting directory, listed on his...

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Lockdown at the North Pole – A Poem by Maggie Morton

Maggie Morton is one of Ayr Writers’ Club’s newest members. With a flair for poetry, a few good pals who just love Christmas, she’s cleverly combined our current lockdown situation with thoughts of seasonal festivities in the creation of a (at-first-glance) light-hearted (yet layered) ode. Enjoy.   Lockdown at the North Pole It feels like everywhere is locked down,...

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Online, Free, Literary Festival – Big Book Weekend – 8-10 May 2020

The spirit of Coronavirus-hit literary festivals is to be resurrected, kept alive, with this month’s announcement of The Big Book Weekend (taking place on Friday 8th May, through to Sunday 10th May). This 3-day, virtual, online book festival brings together the best of the cancelled British literary festivals (including Aye Write and Boswell Book Festival), and features the authors and...

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Suzy A. Kelly’s Prize-Winning Flash Fiction Published in Highland Magazine

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Suzy A. Kelly, fresh from Short Story Competition success at the recent Scottish Association of Writers’ National Writing Awards, has gone on to demonstrate her writing versatility with the publication of her flash fiction piece, Afore the Mast, in Northwords Now – a literary magazine printed in the Highlands that gives a voice to new, original,...

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Scottish Association of Writers’ Poetry Wall Competition

The annual SAW Poetry Wall Competition, which is usually a fixed part of the Glasgow conference in March, has gone online this year. All affiliated SAW members (every member of Ayr Writers’ Club is automatically also an affiliated SAW member) are invited to submit up to 3 poems for inclusion on their 2020 Poetry Wall Competition online-wall (website page). They will be posted up and judged...

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Ayr Writers Excel at 2020 Scottish Association of Writers’ National Writing Awards

Such a lot to celebrate for the members of Ayr Writers’ Club this week, as the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) released, by video, the names of their prizewinning competitors – entrants in the 2020, annual, national, writing competitions. The SAW website, at 7.30 on the dot, was alight with a row of adjudicators, papers in hand, screens and webcams on, in a pre-recorded piece...

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Free Online Fiction Writing Course – 10 Minutes Writing A Day, For 100 Days

The 100 Day Writing Challenge is a free fiction writing course, by podcast. Each episode contains a 10 minute exercise, complete with timer, to help build your writing muscles, train you in different styles, and develop your confidence. There’s no homework, and you can complete the course at your own pace. The 100 Day Writing Challenge was made possible by the support of Arts Council England....

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Lou’s Family Blog

One of our very newest Ayr Writers’ Club members, Lou, moved to South Ayrshire from the Isle of Man only 18 months ago.  An avid writer from the earliest of school days, Lou has always ‘written things down’, be it through pen and paper, or computer and mouse. She has often found the drafting process to be quite therapeutic, that words came easy.  It was when her young son, Samuel, received a...

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