Book Review by Nigel Ward ~ ‘The Nature of Spring’ by Jim Crumley – 18 October 2020

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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Carolyn O’Hara’s Book Publication – Oculeus

Oculeus is the Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society published non-fiction book from Ayr Writers’ Club Archivist, member, Carolyn O’Hara. A 6-year undertaking to research the work of her great grandfather, W.G. Wallace – sparked by an old scrapbook and a casual conversation with family – led to the gathering of newspaper cuttings, photographs, illustrations,...

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Damaris’ Writing – A Website Updated

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Damaris West, has revamped, updated, and added to her personal writing website, Damaris’ Writing. Filled with so many published poems, snippets of her novels, self-taken photographs, it’s a fine example of how to share writing with others. Scroll down, browse your way through, and enjoy Damaris’ versatility with themes. Her delicate nature...

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Virtual Launch of the Latest Tartan Witch Illustrated Children’s Book by Greta Yorke and Maggie Bolton

Ayr Writers’ Club members, Greta Yorke and Maggie Bolton, have eschewed the more traditional methods of launching their very latest Tartan Witch children’s story this year, due to circumstances, and taken their book launch virtual, online. Greta’s words, Maggie’s illustrations, the series of Witch books – Witch Hitch and Tartan Witch – have been very well...

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Competition Guide 2020-21, Writing Magazine

As Ayr Writers’ Club limbers up for the beginning of the new writing year, the start of the 2020/21 Programme, Writing Magazine is releasing a bumper edition of over 800 competitions as a free-giveaway in its October edition. And, it just so happens, that AWC is entering its very own competition season – 10 multi-genred pockets of challenge – AWC 2020/21 Competitions –...

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Double Publication Joy for AWC Writer, Suzy A. Kelly

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Suzy A. Kelly, has found a writing method that really works. It’s been so successful in fact, that, not only has she had her AWC 2018 250 words Flash Fiction Competition entry piece, Killing Marat, published within Stories from Home: An Anthology of Stories and Poems, but she’s gone on to have a second piece, a 2000 words General Short Story, Them at...

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Next Chapter Award – Closing Date 2 September 2020

  Scottish Book Trust are a national charity that has been bringing the benefits of reading and writing to everyone in Scotland for 21 years. With a range of competition and award initiatives, they are particularly keen to encourage Scotland’s writers to move forward with their writing aspirations. The annual Next Chapter Award exists to support an emerging writer over the age of 40...

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