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Ayr writers dominate national awards

Pictured front row, left to right, are Alison Craig, Dorothy Gallagher, Fiona Atchison, Helena Sheridan, Greta York, back row, Gail McPartland, Linda Brown, Ann Burnett, Maggie Bolton, Nigel Ward.

Pictured front row, left to right, are Alison Craig, Dorothy Gallagher, Fiona Atchison, Helena Sheridan, Greta York, back row, Gail McPartland, Linda Brown, Ann Burnett, Maggie Bolton, Nigel Ward.

 

Ayr Writers’ Club dominated the awards presented at March’s annual Scottish Association of Writers Gala Dinner.

Seven local novelists, poets, dramatists, reviewers and short story writers brought half of the national trophies back to Ayrshire.

“It was amazing, and shows how much talent there is in the club,” said award-winning club President Dorothy Gallagher.

In addition to the seven silverware successes, writing by club members was also placed in seven other categories and received a further eight commendations.

Fiona Atchison won the Constable trophy, Gail McPartland won the Janetta Bowie Chalice. The general article winner was Dorothy Gallagher, who was also highly commended in the under sevens category and Catherine Lang was commended.

Helena Sheridan won the drama award, the book review was won by Linda Brown while poetry award went to Alison Craig and Greta Yorke was joint winner of the poetry wall award.

Karen Fox-Edwards was commended in the Pitlochry Quaich, Pat Young was second in the general short story and Ann Burnett was third in the women’s short story with Maggie Bolton highly commended.

In the mini short story, third was Linda Brown, highly Commended was Dorothy Gallagher and commended was Pat Young.

In the book review Dorothy Gallagher was second, Nigel Ward third, and highly commended were Catherine Lang and Karen Fox-Edwards. joint second in the dragon’s pen was Pat Young.

However, this year was no flash in the pan. In 2013 the club carried home four trophies and fourteen members had the quality of their writing recognised.

Ayr Writers’ Club meets at The Carlton Hotel, Prestwick Road, every Wednesday night at 7.30pm. Follow us on Facebook or at the website http://ayrwritersclub.co.uk/

 

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