Top actor launches new writers’ club season

Dave Anderson
Dave Anderson

A thrilling new season at Ayr Writers’ Club will start with an evening with actor and writer, Dave Anderson.

Outgoing presidents Dorothy Gallagher and Wilma Scott, who have cultivated and promoted the talent in this writing powerhouse, hand over the baton to new president, Rhona Anderson.

The 2014/15 syllabus, now published at www.ayrwritersclub.co.uk, fizzes with excitement, embraces every writing genre and promises to cater for every taste.

The first night of the new season on Wednesday, September 3 will be launched with a talk from the writer and actor Dave Anderson who among many memorable roles was Gregory’s dad in the film ‘Gregory’s Girl’ and Willie Melvin’s caustic boss in the BBC’s ‘City Lights’. He has written songs for ‘The Steamie’ and musicals for the Oran Mor’s ‘A Play, a Pie & a Pint’.

This summer has sizzled with club publishing successes with Ann Burnett’s article on the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Nigel West’s piece on mountain walking, Carolyn O’Hara’s article in Scottish Memories and James Rose has had a short story submission accepted for publication.

Helena Sheridan and Catherine Lang, who are both members of Litereight, had childrens stories published on alfiedog.com. The Litereight writers will launch their third book ‘New Horizons’, an anthology of short stories and poems, in the late autumn following on the heels of earlier books ’A Literary Confection’ and ‘Dark Twists’.

Rhona Anderson said: “Everyone has a piece of writing, or a grit of an idea. It may be hidden away in the back of a drawer or still tucked away in the subconscious.

“There is an old adage that for every thousand novels that are started only one will be finished. The AWC provides the opportunity, encouragement and tools to complete this work, be it poetry, prose or a script and turn a rough diamond into a polished gem. Along the way you can hear from established writers, have access to writing workshops and gain entry into social events of the literary world. It is also possible to be an e-member and have access to all the club resources without attending meetings.

The Ayr Writers’ Club meet each Wednesday from September 3 at 7.15-9.30pm at the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick. New members will receive a friendly welcome. Full details about the programme are available at www.ayrwritersclub.co.uk or follow the Ayr Writers’ Club on facebook.