Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2017 Accepting Applications from Professional Writers

December 2, 2016



This fellowship first began in 1994 and was the idea of Franki Fewkes, a Scottish RLS enthusiast who was then living in France. It is supported by Creative Scotland. The location of this fellowship, Grez-sur-Loing at the edge of the French Forest of Fontainebleu, was selected because of its ties to Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson first visited here during 1875 and would be a place of great significance to his life and work.

The purpose of this fellowship is to gift writers with the space and time to pursue their writing, away from the disturbances of everyday life. It is anticipated that the peaceful, attractive setting of Grez-sur-loing will inspire writers to begin new writing projects or to complete existing projects that may have otherwise been left unfinished.

This scheme is intended for practicing Scottish Writers who would find taking time away from their usual environment to be beneficial for developing their professional work. Writers who have a significant track record as a professional writer outside of Scotland, but are now living and working in Scotland, may also apply at the discretion of Scottish Book Trust.

Residences will be provided for one month each in a self-catering studio apartment. This will take place at the Hotel Chevillon International Arts at Grez-sur-Loing. Travel and accommodation will be paid for and fellows will be awarded £300 for the purpose of covering living expenses.

See the Scottish Book Trust website for details of how to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Sew, Knit and Natter at Symington Library

December 1, 2016

Symington Library’s Sew, Knit and Natter group had a rather impromptu Poppy Knit and managed to raise £11.55 for the Poppy appeal! Well done, ladies and a big thank you to customers at Symington for their support. The ladies will be concentrating on all things festive for the next few weeks, so if you would like to knit a snowman or make a Christmas bauble, come and join us at 4pm every Tuesday afternoon.

A busy week of events at Troon Library with Book Week Scotland and Wintertainment

November 30, 2016

Troon Library had a full programme of events last week, as they celebrated Book Week Scotland and Wintertainment.

On Sunday afternoon Troon Library opened its doors for Wintertainment. With stalls to browse, DVD and book sale, face painting and drop in family Christmas Crafts, the library was buzzing with around 600 customers coming through the doors!

On Monday Troon author, Martin Stewart gave a fabulous presentation of his new novel Riverkeep to Marr College S3 pupils. He also gave the pupils lots of brilliant tips for research and writing.

On Wednesday night it was another full house for author Lesley Sehli who joined us to speak about her new book ‘He said die. I say no!’. Lesley’s talks have been very well received at the library and we’re hoping she’ll come back to visit us again in the New Year.


As our monthly Chatterbook group fell in Scottish Book Week we celebrated by inviting local author, Lyn Donogue, to read from her forthcoming book The Highland Princess. Lyn then described the personality of one of the fairies in her book and the children had to draw what they thought the fairy would look like. Lyn is going to pass on their magical drawings to her illustrator for inspiration!


To round off this busy week we were lucky enough to have Scottish children’s author, Elizabeth McKay, who read her books Wee Granny and the Magic Bag and Wee Granny and the Ceilidh to a captivated audience. The children loved the books and playing the games Elizabeth had created for her stories, she even had her very own mannequin challenge!


Time Travel Adventures and a visit from Bookbug to celebrate Book Week Scotland

November 28, 2016

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to Symington Library’s Chatterbooks event for Book Week Scotland. Cakes were eaten, George’s Marvellous Medicine was sampled, Golden Books were found, Ears were pinned on BFG and prizes galore were won! But most importantly of all, hundreds of cuddles were given to and received by our special guest ‘Bookbug’ (who was extra cuddly after all they cakes he ate!).

Well done the Chatterbooks group for helping make the day such a great success!


We went time travelling with author and creative writing teacher Janis Mackay, when she visited Ayr’s Carnegie Library. Janis talked about her Time Travel Series of books and encouraged us all to get writing. The children (and adults) were enthralled listening to Janis and inspired to put pen to paper and start writing their own adventures.

Keeping with the time travel theme for our LEGO Lucky Bag Challenge, we got very imaginative and built some terrific time machines to zoom back through the years to Auld Ayr!

Book Week Scotland: You, the Jury with Douglas Skelton

November 21, 2016

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Thursday 24 November, 7pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Join us for this innovative and exciting Book Week Scotland event…After listening to the evidence presented, the audience get to decide the fate of the defendant. The scenarios are all based on true court cases. Is your judgement correct? Join in and find out!

To book your free place: Tel: 01292 286385 or visit Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Children’s Events for Book Week Scotland

November 21, 2016


Celebrate Book Week Scotland with the Chatterbooks Group
Thursday 24 November, 3.30pm – 4.45pm

We have some brilliant events lined up at Symington Library to celebrate this year’s Book Week Scotland. Dress up as your favourite book character, Book Sale, Book Buffet, Find the five Golden Books, Pin the Ears on the BFG and lots of other fun activities…but the star attraction is a visit from Big Bookbug!

Free event suitable for all ages, no need to book just drop-in!
Symington Library, Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ



LEGO Lucky Bag Challenge
Saturday 26 November, 3pm – 4pm

What you can build using only the bricks in your LEGO Lucky Bag? Join us to find out!

Free event suitable for ages 5-11 years, but booking required
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385



Prize Winning Author and Storyteller Janis Mackay
Saturday 26 November, 2pm

Time travel trouble at Ayr’s Carnegie Library with prize-winning children’s author and storyteller Janis Mackay! Janis will be joining us during Book Week Scotland to talk about her fantastic children’s books that are full of history, adventure, mystery and just a little bit of magic.

Free event, but booking required
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385


Book Week Scotland Event with Professor Rab Houston: Who are the Scots like?

November 19, 2016


Saturday 26 November, 6pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Join us as we celebrate Book Week Scotland with a visit from Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews, Rab Houston. Rab will be talking about how an independent Scottish nation emerged in the Middle Ages, how it was irrevocably altered by Reformation, links with England and economic change, and how Scotland influenced the development of the modern world.

This event will be a concise, lively, and at times opinionated account of Scottish history, politics, society, religion, and culture – both past and present.

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385
Free event, but booking required

Join us at Rozelle House to listen to award winning author and professional playright Catherine Czerkawska

November 18, 2016


Wednesday 23 November, 7pm at Rozelle House

Catherine will be talking about her luscious historical novel ‘The Jewel’ which brings to life the dramatic years of Jean Armour and Robert Burns’s courtship and their tempestuous, married life against a background simmering with political intrigue and turmoil.

This is a unique opportunity to hear the story of Jean Armour, as told by Catherine, in the place where her famous portrait hangs.

Free event, but booking is required. Tickets are available from Carnegie Library Ayr, and Rozelle House.

Rozelle Park, Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NQ Tel: 01292 445447
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385


Bestselling author Clare Mackintosh joins us to celebrate Book Week Scotland

November 17, 2016


Wednesday 23 November, 2pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Join us a we celebrate Book Week Scotland with a visit from bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘I Let You Go’ & ‘I See You’ Clare Mackintosh. Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times Bestseller and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It won the ‘Reader’s Pick’ in the Richard and Judy Book Club and featured on ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’. It has also been shortlisted in the Debut Fiction Category at The British Book Industry Awards 2016. Clare’s second book, I See You, was published in July 2016 and in its first week of sales it charted at number three in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list.

Tickets are going fast for this event, to book your FREE place
Tel: 01292 286385

Opportunities in Retirement Photographic Exhibition at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

November 8, 2016

The OIR Photography group’s exhibition has just opened in the non-fiction lending department of Carnegie Library, Ayr. There are some fabulous images on display featuring wildlife, landscapes and buildings captured on camera.

This free exhibition is not to be missed and will be on throughout November 2016.