Club News

Suzy A. Kelly Secures Writing Commission from National Library of Scotland

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Suzy Kelly, has been selected as part of the National Library of Scotland’s commitment to capturing the nation’s memory of the year 2020, in a brand new initiative – Fresh Ink. It’s a fantastic opportunity. With extensive media coverage, The Herald was part of a nation-wide appeal late last year to find the… Read More »Suzy A. Kelly Secures Writing Commission from National Library of Scotland

‘Scrapbook Time Travel’ – a British Association for Local History Article by Carolyn O’Hara

Taking just one year in history, local history – Ayr in 1898 – Carolyn O’Hara’s delightful book, Oculeus, captures the weekly charming, amusing, newspaper commentaries of her great-grandfather, William G. Wallace (aka Oculeus) which were published within the Ayrshire Post that year. As a piece of historical research, Carolyn’s methods have recently been shared with… Read More »‘Scrapbook Time Travel’ – a British Association for Local History Article by Carolyn O’Hara

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… Read More »Scottish Association of Writers’ Annual National Competitions Open for Submission

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,… Read More »Book Review by Marion Husband ~ ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart

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,… Read More »Ayrshire Magazine Feature – AWC Club Authors, Gill Sherry and Carolyn O’Hara

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… Read More »Marion Husband’s Competition-Winning Children’s Story Snapped up for International Publication