Scottish Association of Writers’ Annual National Competitions Open for Submission

All members of Ayr Writers’ Club are affiliate members of the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) and are eligible to enter any of the 10 national January competitions open to members registered for the SAW Online Writers Conference in March 2021. They are: Drama – A one act stage play (maximum of 5 characters). Approximately 45 minutes in length. Under 7’s Short Story...

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Book Review by Marion Husband ~ ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Reviewed by Marion Husband Word Count 493 Pan Macmillan, 430 pages, Fiction ISBN: 978-1-5290-1927-8 Hardback Edition £8.00 Shuggie Bain is a fictional story about the powerful and loving relationship between a young boy and his alcoholic mother. A compelling and at times painful read, the theme is of love, addiction, poverty, and sexuality and family relationships....

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Ayrshire Magazine Feature – AWC Club Authors, Gill Sherry and Carolyn O’Hara

Ayr Writers’ Club members, Gill Sherry and Carolyn O’Hara, have already had amazing writing success this year, with Gill winning a staggering four AWC competition trophies (including the Dorrith Sim Trophy for Published Author of the Year), and Carolyn having her poem, By Chance, selected for inclusion within the Scottish Book Trust’s national publication, Blether, with a print...

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Marion Husband’s Competition-Winning Children’s Story Snapped up for International Publication

Ayr Writers’ Club Membership Secretary, Marion Husband, has had the most extraordinary year. A last-minute, half-hearted decision to add a children’s short story to the Scottish Association of Writers national Under 7s Short Story Competition in January 2020, has brought the type of success writers often dream of. Competition adjudicator, Sarah Grace, just loved Marion’s story,...

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Book Review by Matthew Richardson ~ ‘Feel Free’ by Zadie Smith

Feel Free by Zadie Smith Reviewed by Matthew Richardson Word Count 499 Penguin Books, 452 pages ISBN: 9780241971024 £9.99 Lore dictates that any exploration of Zadie Smith’s writing should begin with ‘White Teeth’, her debut novel published when she was twenty-five. Literary stardom followed and Smith is now a professor of creative writing at New York University. ‘Feel Free’ is her second essay...

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Avenues for Research

The latest winter Newsletter from the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance and the Scottish Local History Forum, in association with Ayr Writers Guild, has provided a rich seam of research links within their latest round-robin that we, as writers, can use to seek out that extra little fact, that interesting nugget of information, to weave within any of our genres. Please click on the bolded...

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Book Review by Nigel Ward ~ ‘The Nature of Spring’ by Jim Crumley

The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley Reviewed by Nigel Ward Word Count 490 Saraband, 2019, 240pp 9781912235377 £12.99 Woodcocks burst from the undergrowth, “broad and brown and blurred.” Sunlight catches an eagle’s wings “like hung sheets of dark silk.” An agile badger is dubbed “mountaineer.” The Nature of Spring, captures such moments as they escape winter’s clutches, emerging into new life....

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Scottish Asssociation of Writers’ Annual Writing Competitions

  The Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) has recently announced this year’s annual writing competitions are up and running. With online closing dates of Saturday 21st November for the longer beginning-of a-novel entries (7,000 – 15,000 words), the self-published book category, and Saturday 16th January for the shorter competition categories, there is no time to waste in...

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