Guest Speakers & Adjudicators 2022/23

Over the course of the year, nine invited Guest Speakers will visit Ayr Writers’ Club to talk about their writing routines, their working methods, and their publications.

There will be an open Question & Answer session in the latter half of the evening, an opportunity to delve a little deeper into a professional writer’s thoughts and working practices.

Many of our Guest Speakers will also adjudicate, and feedback, on every individual entry submitted for each of the club’s ten writing competitions, to their specialist field.

21st September – Ben Oliver, Guest Speaker & Adjudicator 


19th October – Patrick Laurie, Guest Speaker & Adjudicator


9th November – Em Strang, Guest Speaker & Adjudicator


18th January 2023 – Linda Cracknell, Guest Speaker 


1st February 2023 – Michael Meighan, Guest Speaker & Adjudicator


15th February 2023 – Eilidh Loan, Guest Speaker & Adjudicator


5th April 2023 – Tracy Harvey, Guest Speaker & Adjudicator


Sheila Grant – Book Review Adjudicator

Kate Blackadder – Women’s Magazine Short Story Adjudicator

Maggie Bolton – Children’s Fiction Adjudicator

Ann Burnett – General Short Story Adjudicator