Success Night starring Ayr Writers

Tonight at Ayr Writers’ Club, authors had an opportunity to read their work to others and to celebrate their successes.
As new members to the club, Ian and I relished the opportunity to hear some of the works that achieved success in this year’s competitions. We thoroughly enjoyed this snapshot of readings and were surprised by the diversity of ideas within the various genres.
Dorothy’s charming Scarecrow’s Dream, a potential children’s TV script with imaginative illustrations, was a gentle introduction to the evening. This was followed by a more sombre Scottish article, Facing Fearful Odds, about the ultimate sacrifice made by local young men and their families in the wars. Catherine’s research and presentation highlighted both the impact of loss and the pride felt when the sacrifice was recognised with the awarding of Victoria Crosses.
Helena’s drama ‘Ashes to Ashes, Lust to Lust,’ was beautifully acted out by Nigel, Helena and Maggie. A light-hearted look at relationships, personal memories and grief. It was packed with comic moments and one-liners, with a twist coming at the end. Nigel’s short story, ‘Outsiders’, was a humorous tale about the clash of classes at a party and how putting a spin on words can create certain impressions.
Linda’s short story struck a chord. Grown up children form perceptions and have expectations about their parents, not always accurate. When a daughter encouraged her widowed mum to get out and meet people, she did not expect mum to go to sensuous Salsa lessons, nor did she expect her to take up still life painting of nudes. Linda followed this with her true life, funny flash fiction story of the Nativity.
‘Own Goal or Red Card’, a true crime article by Nigel, about the rise and fall of a footballer, raised questions about a young person’s ability to cope with fame and money and the gullibility of the greedy to a Ponzi scheme. Following on was Gail’s dark tale, ‘Are You Really There?’, a sad story about childhood neglect and the misery of living on the streets, the depths of despair endured by some and the lengths they go to in order to escape the harsh realities of their life.
James lightened the mood with his poem, ‘A Phoenician Glass Bowl,’ a wonderfully descriptive poem full of evocative and exotic vocabulary. Who knew a bowl could evoke the wonders of Hubble and Hadron! Maggie then gave us a taste of her unfinished children’s TV script, ‘Save the Planet.’ Two children from totally different backgrounds set off together on an important mission: they disappear! What happens next? Maybe all will be revealed next year.
Catherine drew the evening to a close with her poem ‘Train Times’, written in the Scots language.
This was an enjoyable evening for all and was an inspiration and an encouragement to those of us who have only recently joined Ayr Writers’ Club.

Nancy and Ian West

AWC success winners

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