Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Trio of authors lined-up to bring Readers’ Day to life at the Carnegie

September 29, 2017

Three well-known and exciting authors are joining us for this year’s Readers’ Day at the Ayr Carnegie Library. The event, on Sunday 8 October, promises an eclectic mix of historical fiction, children’s books and poetry.

Gillian Muir is a fantastic local author from Minishant and an entertaining speaker. A geography teacher ‘to trade’, she has travelled widely. Her ‘Louis Louis’ picture books are a hit with children of all ages.

Douglas Jackson from Bridge of Allan, spent 36 years in journalism before leaving The Scotsman in 2009 to become a full-time writer. He has written ten historical novels and four thrillers (as James Douglas. His novels have been published in twelve languages.

Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and the author of numerous books including his sixth collection of poems.


  • Registration & Coffee 12:30pm
  • Gillian Muir 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Doug Jackson 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Break for Cream-tea 3:00pm – 3:45pm
  • Alan Riach 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Tickets cost £10 per person (includes cream tea).

To book please telephone 01292 286 385 or visit
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr.


A small selection of the Remembrance Day books we have available.  Lest we forget.

November 8, 2015


A poem by Irene McGinness from Dundonald.


The poem by Irene, and poppies made by the knitting group are on display at Dundonald Library.


It’s National Poetry Day today

October 2, 2014

The theme for this year is ‘Remember’ so there’s lots of scope for reading, creating and generally celebrating poetry. Why not take a look at some of our poetry books for inspiration. You can also keep a track of everything that’s going on by following the hashtag #nationalpoetryday on Twitter.

Our Cross Stitch Challenge a poem by Irene McGinness

Lynn the librarian at Dundonald Library has inspired one of the members of her sew, knit and natter group to write this lovely poem.

Write a poem about South Ayrshire

September 9, 2014

Write a poem about South Ayrshire

United Press are delighted to invite FREE entries for the UK’s annual contest to find the best LOCAL poem from South Ayrshire.

Anyone can submit up to three poems for the competition. But, if you prefer, you can submit only one and you can write or print it in the space provided on the back of this form. The top poem will win £1,000 cash. There’s no age limit and no entry fee.

This competition is designed to encourage newcomers young and old to “have a go” at poetry.

“The poem can be about something or someone from the poet’s home area,” explained United Press Publications Executive, Julie Embury. “It can be descriptive, historic, romantic, factual,or personal – anything you like, as long as there is a local connection. Winning entries so far have been about towers, a river, village life, and local history. This competition is open to anyone and is completely free to enter – so what have you got to lose?”

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, by December 31st 2014 to –
Local Poem, United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB.
Tel 0844 800 9177

For more information visit their website

An evening of poetry with Alan Riach

November 18, 2013

bookweekgreen2013Celebrating Book Week Scotland 2013

Join us for an evening of poetry with

Alan Riach

Wednesday 27 November at 7pm

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr  Tel: 01292 286385

Please access this event from the Garden Street entrance.

Free event

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.

Burnsmania Competition!

January 23, 2012

Robert BurnsTest your knowledge of the bard’s works!

To test your knowledge of the work of our local bard visit the Local and Family History department at Carnegie Library .

The first correct entry drawn will receive a printed copy of our newly published Records of the Ayrshire militia, from 1802 to 1883.

Closing date for entries is Saturday 28th January 2012.

Find out more about our national Bard Robert Burns

January 19, 2011

Robert BurnsWe have a large selection of books available for lending and a special collection of Burns related items for reference in our Local History department at Carnegie Library.

Find items about Robert Burns on our library catalogue