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Programme 2018-19


4 Sep | Welcome, Introductions, Discussion
A look ahead to the year's programme
Readings of summer/other work
18 Sep | Visit to Falkirk
"Embarrassing stories" Max 500 words.
Closing date for Poetry competition
2 Oct | Club Night
16 Oct | Poetry Adjudication
Tim Turnbull
6 Nov | Club Night
"Ghost story"
Closing date for Flash Fiction competition
20 Nov | Critique Night
No theme
4 Dec | Flash Fiction Adjudication
Heather Gourlay
18 Dec | Silent Auction
Workshop - "Sketching a character" - led by Stuart Wardrop


8 Jan | Club Night
A Guid New Year
22 Jan | Critique Night
"Friend or foe"
Closing date for Olive Lawrie Short Story Competition
5 Feb | Club Night
"A historical event"
19 Feb | Olive Lawrie Adjudication
Wendy Jones
5 Mar | Club Night
"3-5 minute sketch"
Closing date for Presidentís Prize
19 Mar | Rehearsal for Pocketful of Perthshire
2 Apr | Presidentís Prize announcement
16 Apr | AGM
23 Apr | Annual Meal
7 May | Stovie Night
East Inchmichael
15 May | A Pocketful of Perthshire

Competitions 2018-19

Topic of own choice; max 40 lines
Deadline: 18 September
Result: 16 October
Adjudicator: Tim Turnbull
Flash Fiction
Topic of own choice; max 350 words
Deadline: 6 November
Result: 4 December
Adjudicator: Heather Gourlay
Olive Lawrie Trophy: Short Story
"An open door"; max 2500 words
Deadline: 22 January
Result: 19 February
Adjudicator: Wendy Jones
President's Prize: Short Story
Topic of own choice; max 2500 words
Deadline: 5 March
Result: 2 April
Adjudicator: Ian Steven


  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.