Category Archives: by Ross

Happy New Year and Short Stories

A Happy New Writing Year to all, Our guest speaker at the first meeting of the new session proved to be just the tonic for banishing post-festive lethargy. Laura Fyfe, an English teacher now running creative writing classes in Stirling, … Continue reading

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Donny O’Rourke on poetry

On 3rd October we had a superb presentation and workshop from Donny O’Rourke which you will be able to read about fully in Keith McIvor’s report in this month’s issue of The Pencil. Here is just a flavour of what … Continue reading

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FRED FREEMAN’S TALK ABOUT HAMISH HENDERSON

Rarely has a speaker had a more appreciative audience than those privileged on 18th January to hear Dr Fred Freeman’s insightful and musical tribute to the Scots folklorist, Hamish Henderson. Currently professor of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of … Continue reading

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JEN BUTLER CHALLENGED OUR MORALS: in short story writing

On a morning “which ne’er puir sinner was abroad in”, Jen Butler braved the worst storm of the autumn so far to travel from the other side of Scotland to give us the benefit of her considerable knowledge and expertise … Continue reading

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Jen Butler on Short Story Writing (admin note) – full report to follow

On a morning “which ne’er puir sinner was abroad in”, Jen Butler braved the worst storm of the autumn so far to travel from the other side of Scotland to give us the benefit of her considerable knowledge and expertise in the … Continue reading

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Poetry issues explained by Bill

Our very own Bill D was the speaker on Monday 23rd April and he treated an excellent turnout of members to an erudite and entertaining morning on the subject of ‘Poetic Forms’. Bill’s love of poetry in all its facets … Continue reading

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