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Programme 2016-17


6 Sep | Welcome, Introductions, Discussion
A look ahead to the year's programme
Readings of summer/other work
20 Sep | Club Night
3-5 minute sketch, any theme.
4 Oct | Club Night
"Music to my ears"
Closing date for poetry competition
8 Oct | 40th Anniversary
Lovat Hotel, Perth
18 Oct | Club Night
"Lost summer"
1 Nov | Falkirk Writers Circle - adjudicators
Results of poetry competition and reading of entries
15 Nov | Critique Night
"An Achilles Heel"
6 Dec | Silent Auction
Workshop, "Anatomy of Competition", led by Stuart Wardrop
20 Dec | Workshop 50:50
Bring 50 words – circulate them – add 50 words


10 Jan | Club Night
"The past is a foreign country"
24 Jan | Critique Night
"As ithers see us"
Closing date for Olive Lawrie Short Story Competition
7 Feb | Club Night
"A fine romance"
21 Feb | Cathy McPhail - writer
Results of Olive Lawrie Short Story Competition
7 Mar | Schools Poetry Competition Workshop led by Jim Waite
Closing date for President’s Prize
21 Mar | Rehearsal for Pocketful of Perthshire
28 Mar | Visit to Falkirk Writers Circle
"An evening of comedy"
4 Apr | President’s Prize announcement
Results and reading of entries
11 Apr | Annual Meal
18 Apr | AGM
Presentation of Schools Poetry Competition winners' certificates
2 May | Stovie Night
East Inchmichael
17 May | A Pocketful of Perthshire
Evening Performance

Competitions 2016-17

Topic of own choice; max 40 lines
Deadline: 4 October
Result: 1 November
Adjudicator: Falkirk Writers Circle
Olive Lawrie Trophy: Short Story
"Strange but true"; max 2500 words
Deadline: 24 January
Result: 21 February
Adjudicator: Cathy McPhail
President's Prize: Prose or Verse
Topic of own choice; max 2500 words
Deadline: 7 March
Result: 4 April
Adjudicator: William Duguid


  1. Critique Nights: members wishing their work to be appraised should bring 8 copies for distribution.
  2. Length of pieces: With the exception of competition entries, pieces read at meetings should be a maximum of 750 words (prose) or 30 lines (verse). This could be a complete piece or an extract from a longer one.
  3. Competition entries: poetry 40 lines, prose up to 2500 words.
  4. Workshops: members should bring writing materials for working on the night.