Posts Tagged ‘authors’

Read all about amazing women for International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We have put together a short list of titles of some of the world’s most amazing and inspiring women…

Modern women: 52 pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women is a celebration of some of the influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, the women included have all paved the way for gender equality in their own indomitable way.

Animal: the autobiography of a female body by Sara Pascoe

There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face. Reader, here is everything I’ve learned from science about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat.

A history of Britain in 21 women: a personal selection by Jenni Murray

I was ten years old when I came across Boadicea, and she became the first woman to make me realise that the designated future of a girl born in 1950 – to be sweet, domesticated, undemanding and super feminine – was not necessarily the case.

The button box: lifting the lid on women’s lives by Lynn Knight

I loved the rattle and whoosh of my grandma’s buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin. A wooden chest the size of a shoe box, inlaid with geometric patterns, holds Lynn Knight’s button collection. A collection that has been passed down through generations of women.

The vagenda: a zero tolerance guide to the media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter

Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. But over time they started to feel uneasy, not just about magazines, but about music videos, page 3, and women being labelled frigid, princesses or tramps.

Hillary: a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Karen Blumenthal

From First Lady of the United States to the first female Senator of New York and most recently as the United States Secretary of State. An activist all her life, she has been devoted to health care reform, child care, and women’s rights, among others.

Angela Merkel: Europe’s most influential leader by Matt Qvortrup

This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel’s political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe.

In order to live: a North Korean girl’s journey to freedom by Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die – from starvation, or disease, or even execution.

Vivienne Westwood by Ian Kelly

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

Worlds apart: a Muslim girl in the SAS by Azi Ahmed

This is a remarkable book about a clash between very different worlds: the British Army and Britain’s Muslim community. It follows a young girl’s extraordinary journey from working in the family kebab shop in Manchester to a London barracks where the Colonel of 21 SAS unit is putting women through selection training with the men.


New Monday Night Book Group at Girvan Library

March 2, 2017


If you’re passionate about reading and enjoy talking about books, why not join our book group? Discover new authors and titles, widen your reading choice and meet other readers in a friendly, informal setting.

We are taking names for a new group to start on a Monday evening from 6pm-7pm on the last Monday of the month. For more details please contact Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813

Troon Writers’ Club are looking for budding and established writers to join them

January 19, 2017


Are you interested in writing? Troon Writers’ Club are looking for budding and established writers to join them. Come along for hints and tips and share ideas. The club get together fortnightly on a Thursday from 4.30pm – 6.45pm (meeting on today).

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315 352

South Ayrshire Libraries Readers’ Day

August 8, 2016

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A day for all those who enjoy reading

If you’re reading this post then we may have something right up your street! We’ve signed up a host of great authors for our annual Readers’ Day at the Carnegie Library in Ayr, and we’d love to see you there on Sunday 4 September 2016.

You might know Dr Tom Smith as a regular contributor on the BBC’s Kaye Adams programme, but have you read his Seaside Practice trilogy yet? He’ll be on hand to tell you more.

The award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer, Alan Spence, will be with us too, sharing his thoughts on a lifetime in print and on his latest novel ‘ Night Boat’ based on the life of Zen master Hakuin.

For fans of the darker side of life, the up and coming writer Kirsten Innes will share her fascinating journey following the success of her debut novel ‘Fishnet’ which explores the world of prostitution.

Rounding off with the prolific Helen Fitzgerald – with more than ten novels under her belt including 2013’s ‘The Cry’ which was long-listed for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and this year’s follow-up ‘Viral’ – we can guarantee something for everyone.


10:30am  Registration & Coffee

10:45am  Dr Tom Smith

11:30am  Alan Spence

12:30pm  Lunch

1:15pm  Afternoon registration for half day ticket holders

1:30pm  Kirstin Innes

2:30pm    Helen Fitzgerald

3:30pm    Cream Tea

4:00pm    Finish

Tickets are available from the Carnegie Library, Ayr.

£15 full day including lunch and cream tea

£7.50 half day including cream tea with afternoon ticket

South Ayrshire Libraries Readers’ Day

July 22, 2013


A day for all those who enjoy books and reading

Join us for competitions, cream tea and a nice lunch on Sunday 15 September, from 10.30am-4pm.  Tell us all about your perfect read and discover new authors at our annual Readers’ Day celebrations.

Featuring Special Guests

Moira McPartlin is a Scot with Irish roots.  Although born in the Scottish Borders, she was brought up in a Fife mining village.  She has been writing short stories, articles and poetry for a number of years.  Her debut novel ‘The Incomers‘ was published by Fledgling Press in April 2012.

J.David Simons was born in Glasgow in 1953.  He studied law at Glasgow University.  His novel, ‘The Credit Draper’ was published in May 2008 and was short-listed for The McKitterick Prize.  His latest novel ‘An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful‘ was published by Saraband in March 2013.

Michael J Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country.  He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings.  ‘Blood Tears‘, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize.  He has since published a non-fiction work about successful modern day Scots – ‘Carnegie’s Call‘.

Louise Welsh studied history at the University of Glasgow where she gained an honours degree and then opened a second hand bookshop which she ran for several years before becoming a full-time writer.  Louise has written five novel including ‘ The Cutting Room‘ which was nominated for several awards.  She has also written for the stage, most recently Panic Patterns.


10.30am  Registration & Coffee

10.45am  Moira McPartlin

11.30am  J David Simons

12.30pm  Lunch – Competitions

1.15pm  Afternoon registration for half day ticket holders

1.30pm  Michael J Malone

2.30pm  Louise Welsh

3.30pm  Cream Tea & Competitions

4pm  Finish and prizes

Booking Information

To find out more information about this event or for ticket information please contact:

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB  Telephone 01292 286385

Tickets: £15 full day – £7.50 half day


Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts 2013

May 21, 2013

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Hay Festival runs for ten days with a packed programme of debates and conversations with poets and scientists, novelists and historians, artists and gardeners, comedians and musicians, film makers and politicians.  The festival is in its 26th year in Hay, a magical book town in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. The organisers also create festivals in ten cities around the world every year from Cartagena to Dhaka, and from Beirut to Nairobi.

Discover the Authors who are taking part in this year’s festival on our library catalogue.

The Hay Library Lecture.  In and out of the book – The Uses of Illustration, Quentin Blake
Thursday 23 May 2013, 2.30pm

This year’s library lecture is given by the illustrator and writer Quentin Blake, whose long collaboration with Roald Dahl and his own work, which includes Clown, Zagazoo, Mrs Armitage, Mister Magnolia and his recent study Beyond The Page, have confirmed him as one of Britain’s greatest artists.

We appreciate that this festival is quite a distance for some of our readers to travel, so if you can’t make it to the festival you can still view the lecture at home if you have an internet connection or for free in your local library. To do this log on to the Hay website at 2.15pm on Thursday 23 May, 15 minutes before the lecture starts at 2.30pm.

World Book Day: Storycraft Children’s Writing Competition

February 21, 2013

WBD2013_red_rightHow to make brilliant stories, by the people who do

Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a story? Don’t know where to start – or end for that matter!, not sure how to make your readers laugh, need to cut it down but don’t know what to cut? Getting stuck will be a thing of the past, because STORYCRAFT is here!

Learn to write and illustrate stories like a Pro with 10 brilliant authors and illustrators who have shared their top tips on writing and creating illustrations for stories, just for you. Watch the videos.

swapitOnce you have been inspired by the videos, put your new found skills into action…

It’s really simple – all you have to do it write a story about World Book Day in no more than 600 words. Every entry will get 250 swapits to spend on!

The winner in each category will WIN £50 National Book Tokens and 5,000 swapits! There are two age categories; 6-8 years and 9-12 years.

Storycraft Competition,
6 Bell Yard, London

Or email with STORYCRAFT COMPETITION in the subject line (don’t forget to include your name, address, age and swapit username if you have one!)

Go here to find out more!

Competition closing date: 31 May 2013

South Ayrshire Libraries Book Week Scotland Events

November 19, 2012

Book Week Scotland 26 November - 2 December 2012

Book Week Scotland is a celebration of books and reading for everyone in the country. People the length and breadth of Scotland are being encouraged to take part in the first ever week-long national celebration of reading, and to join in with the wide range of free events to be held throughout the week.

Take a look below at what we have planned for our Book Week Scotland celebrations, we hope you can join us.

Storytelling with Rosie Mapplebeck
Tuesday 27 November, Carnegie Library 10am – 4pm

Rosie Mapplebeck will be storytelling all around the library, suitable for children and adults.

Author visit: Michael Malone
Tuesday 27 November, Troon Library, 7.30pm

Michael Malone is a cool new voice in the popular Scottish crime fiction genre. Join us as he talks about his first crime novel Blood Tears.

Author visit: Moira McPartlin
Thursday 29 November, Carnegie Library, 7.30pm

Author Moira McPartlin talks about her new book ‘The Incomers’, a fascinating insight into the prejudice an African woman encounters on marrying a white Scot and settling in a small Fife village.

Prize Winning Authors

December 2, 2010

And the Land Lay Still by James RobertsonWe’re thrilled that James Robertson’s wonderful novel And The Land Lay Still has won the Saltire Society Scottish book of the year award!

And the Land Lay Still: A panoramic novel charting sixty years of change in Scotland, and a sweeping story of family, friendship, struggle and hope. Tracing the intertwined lives of an unforgettable cast of characters, James Robertson’s new novel is a searching journey into the heart of a country of high hopes and unfulfilled dreams, private compromises and hidden agendas. Brilliantly blending the personal and the political, And The Land Stay Still sweeps away the dust and grime of the postwar years to reveal a rich mosaic of 20th-century Scottish life.

The Still Point by Amy SackvilleStaying with prizes

Amy Sackville’s The Still Point, her debut novel and published by Portobello, has won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for writers aged 35 and under. Sackville’s novel scooped a £5,000 prize, with each of the five shortlisted authors winning £500 each. The Still Point focuses on the disappearance of an Arctic explorer at the turn of the twentieth century, and the impact of the secrets of his life on his family generations on. She was called a “writer of seemingly limitless promise” by chair of the judges, Claire Allfree.