HEATHER Gourlay, Angus Writers’ Circle president welcomed well-known Scottish writer Des Dillon to the group’s meeting on November 7.
Des adjudicated the club competition, for which members had to write the first chapter of a novel aimed at children aged nine to 12.
The evening was a jointly funded event by the circle and Creative Scotland’s Live Literature programme, which is managed by the Scottish Book Trust. The scheme exists to bring Scottish fiction writers, playwrights, poets, storytellers and their work to every corner of Scottish society including schools, libraries, writers groups, additional support needs organisations, community groups and literary organisations.
Heather also welcomed BBC reporter Tom Allan who had come along to record a short piece on the circle’s activities for Radio Scotland’s Book Club, which is broadcast on Monday’s at 1.15pm. Members were told that the programme will be broadcast on November 19 between 1.15 and 2pm. Des and a number of members were interviewed, and later the winners read extracts from their work.
Des began his talk by telling members that it was difficult picking a winner. He said that many of the scripts started very well, and he had to look closely at each one. Each script was reviewed and advice was offered on structure and how improvements might be made. There were three commended, and two highly commended stories.
The winners were: 1 Ann Craig, ‘Diver’; 2 Hazel Ellis-Saxon, ‘The Nine Banded Armadillo’; 3 Grace Murray, ‘Dreaming of Ponies’.
The Angus Writers’ Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm to 10 pm in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath. New members are welcome. Further details are available from secretary Eleanor Fordyce 01307 465056.