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Friday 23 September 2022

Next week sees the welcome visit from Perth Writers with writers from both groups to present a short piece of writing or poem with the simple theme of ‘humour’.  

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Next week will be the first of a new feature called ‘Spot Night’, members only finding out the writing task for the session when they arrive. 

A first deadline is looming for the initial competition of the year, an article on a Scottish theme with a maximum of a thousand words to be handed in next week.

Looking ahead, the visit from Perth Writers is eagerly anticipated at the end of the month where the theme for both groups will be simply ‘humour’.  

Wednesday 07 September 2022

Next Tuesday will be a ‘spot night’, writers only finding out the task for that evening when they turn up. The first deadline of the year is looming for the initial competition, an article on a Scottish theme with a maximum of a thousand words to be handed in by Tuesday 20th September.

Friday 02 September 2022

Here at Last

The much anticipated start to the new season of the Falkirk Writers’ Circle is on Tuesday coming and members look forward to a full post covid programme with the return of visiting speakers and competitions. Short stories, articles and poetry plus writing exercises on the night will keep the members occupied as we move into the dark nights.

New members are welcome and further information can be found here in our section headed Syllabus or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Secretary, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com. The group meets each Tuesday in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont, the first session on Tuesday 6 September at 7.30 pm

Tuesday 16 August 2022

The first competition of the new season for the Falkirk Writers’ Circle is the Tappit Heid, to come up with an article on a Scottish theme from 800 to 1000 words. The closing date is Tuesday 20 September so get thinking and start writing.

Monday 15 August 2022

Almost Time

It’s almost time for the return of the Falkirk Writers’ Circle as it’s just under four weeks until the start of the 2022/2023 season. This will be the first season since the start of the pandemic a full syllabus has been issued with the return of the competitions and visiting speakers.

This season’s program will include some of the usual features such as the Topic Reading but there will be other projects such as short stories, poetry and even sketch writing. Hopefully writers can combine familiar items along with the opportunity to move away from their usual comfort zone.  

Further information can be found on our Facebook page or alternatively, contact the Secretary, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com. The Falkirk Writers Circle will commence on Tuesday 6 September at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are welcome.

Sunday 22 May 2022

The Falkirk Writers Circle is hosting a workshop in the Greenpark Community Centre in Polmont presented by Alan Bissett, followed by lunch at the Claremont Inn. The event is on Saturday 28 May at 10.00pm at a cost of £20.00 including lunch and tickets are available from Morven Mack, morven.mack@mypostoffice.co.uk.  .

In other news the Chair and Treasurer were pleased to be invited to a Fellowship meeting of Falkirk Rotary Club to receive a cheque in acknowledgement of their contribution to their Schools competitions over the past 4 years. The money will be used to publish an anthology to commemorate forty years of the Circle.

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Only a few weeks to go before the summer break.

24/05/22 – Favourite book from childhood

28/05/22 (Sat) – Writer’s workshop plus lunch

31/05/22 – AGM

07/06/22 – Summer Social

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Here’s what’s coming up until the end of the season:

17/05/22 – Short story up to 1,000 words on any theme

24/05/22 – Favourite book from childhood

28/05/22 (Sat) – Writer’s workshop plus lunch

31/05/22 – AGM

07/06/22 – Summer Social

Wednesday 04 May 2022

Next week: Favourite poem/poet whether well known, someone in the group or one of your own.

The week after: A short story 800 to 1000 words on anything you want.

Wednesday 27 April 2022

Next week is Topic Night, the choice of headings, “Marooned” or “Take it Back”. After that members will share their favourite poem.

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Next week is a Sharing Night with the opportunity for members to share any writing tips they have found useful or to ask for feedback on anything they are working on. Alternatively, members can just present a piece of writing that they would like to share. The following week is Topic Night, the choice of headings, “Marooned” or “Take it Back”

Wednesday 13 April 2022

The next few week’s activity:

19/04 – Article with a local theme up to 1000 words

26/04 – Sharing Night. Share any work being done, something of interest to the group, anything to do with writing.

03/05 – Topic Night with the choice of headings ‘Marooned’ or ‘Take it Back’. 500 words or 40 line poem

The visit of Howard Sargeant is now postponed until next season

Wednesday 06 April 2022

Some changes to the syllabus over the coming weeks:

12/04 – Book Review. Any book you want, the b review around 500 words

19/04 – Article with a local theme up to 1000 words

26/04 – Sharing Night. Share any work being done, something of interest to the group, anything to do with writing.

03/05 – Topic Night with the choice of headings ‘Marooned’ or ‘Take it Back’. 500 words or 40 line poem

The visit of Howard Sargeant is now postponed until next season

Sunday 03 April 2022

Talking Pictures

Members rose to the challenge with nine sketches written and performed by the group. Some examples included Norman ordering a pizza and death by chocolate only to be visited by The Grim Reaper. He cancelled part of that order. Old work colleagues, Jimmy and Jeannie had a confused conversation mixing up a week’s holiday with a baby cow. Think about that one. On that note a suggestive telephone conversation turned out to be something completely innocent while a confrontation between friends released writers’ block for one of them. An ageing comedian turned up eighteen months late for a meeting with his agent although all was not what it seemed and finally Dracula and Van Helsing were forced to self-isolate together along with Wolfman and The Mummy.

Last week members were asked to bring along a photograph or picture suitable for fellow writers to be inspired to write about on the night, and this week is Topic Night, the choice of headings, ‘Us and Them’ and ‘High Hopes’.

The Falkirk Writers Circle is open for new members, whether experienced or new to writing, to join an informal group that always looks forward to fresh ideas and inspiration that comes from other writers. General information on the Circle can be found in the website: www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook. Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Next Week: It’s Topic Night with the choice of headings ‘High Hopes and/or ‘Us and Them’

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Next week members are challenged to write a 5 minute sketch for 2/3 characters. Members should bring corresponding copies for number of characters so that we can try and act out sketches.

Sunday 13 March 2022

One Sided Telephone Conversation

Last week’s Topic Night saw the choice of heading ‘Poles Apart’ or ‘Any Colour You Like’ providing the usual mixed bag of contributions. An employment agency being asked to provide a butler who fitted in with the surroundings featured as did the seven dwarfs not necessarily enamoured with their new lodger. There was a nostalgic look at the old films in Technicolor and the fact that colours themselves have just got too complicated. The titles for April’s Topic Night are ‘Us and Them’ and ‘High Hopes’

Tuesday’s session was to present a one sided telephone conversations, no doubt others longing to know what it’s all about, and this week is the short story to be written for children.

The Falkirk Writers Circle is open for new members, whether experienced or new to writing, to join an informal group that always looks forward to fresh ideas and inspiration that comes from other writers. General information on the Circle can be found in the website: www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Sunday 06 March 2022

Topic

Tuesday was another Topic Night, the choice of heading ‘Poles Apart’ or ‘Any Colour You Like’. The previous week had been a sharing night that provided the opportunity for writers to share any aspect of writing. The subjects under discussion included the art of proof reading and how it is better to get someone else to read over your work as the author is too close to the piece and often misses mistakes. In preparation for our Children’s story night, we had a few pointers on the perils of writing for children.  The main one being not to be fooled into thinking that writing for children is easier than writing for adults.  One member asked for feedback on his novel and another spoke about her idea for an illustrated poetry book.

This week it’s a one-sided telephone conversation. This could be funny. The forthcoming anthology was also on the agenda as was the proposed lunch.  The majority of members said they would like the speaker to conduct a workshop on the day.  Once attendance has been finalised the committee will meet to discuss this further.

The Falkirk Writers Circle is open for new members, whether experienced or new to writing, to join an informal group that always looks forward to fresh ideas and inspiration that comes from other writers. General information on the Circle can be found in the website: www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Wednesday 02 March 2022

Next week writers will entertain, the group hearing one side of a telephone conversation. That’s followed by a short story for children. April’s headings for the Topic Night are ‘Us and Them’ and ‘High Hopes’

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Next week is Topic Night, the choice of headings, Poles Apart or Any Colour You Like.

After that it’s to write a one sided telephone conversation. That could be fun. Then there’s the challenge to write a short story for children. An interesting few weeks coming up

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Coming Up:

Tuesday 22/02 – Sharing Night. Current own work or project or some writing you like.

Tuesday 01/03 – Topic Night (Poles Apart or Any Colour You Like)

Tuesday 08/03 – One Sided Telephone Conversation

Tuesday 15/03 – Short Story. Theme – For Children

Monday 07 February 2022

Lots of writing to be had for the Falkirk Writers Circle

This week – A short story on the theme of ‘fantasy’

Next week – ‘Valentine’ Maybe romantic. Maybe not.

The headings for March’s Topic Night are ‘Any Colour You Want’ or ‘Poles Apart’

Wednesday 02 February 2022

Here’s what’s up over the next few weeks:


08 February – Short story on the theme of fantasy

15 February – Valentine. You choose

22 February – Sharing night. Share work you’re doing, a favourite piece of writing, book, poem or whatever

Thursday 27 January 2022

t’s the February Topic Night next week and the headings are ‘Speak to me’ and ‘A Great Day for Freedom’. The week after, another short story with the theme to be advised.

Sunday 23 January 2022

Short Story

The Falkirk Writers Circle’s first Topic Night of the year featured the popular heading ‘Coming Back to Life’. Perhaps not surprisingly the coming of spring featured but there was also an interesting tale of the man who, being declared dead, had an out of body experience but recovered to tell his story. The choice of headings for next month are ‘Speak to me’ and ‘A Great Day for Freedom’.

This week’s session was the telling of short stories on the theme of romance and next week to commemorate Robert Burns’ birthday writers can write a poem in the style of Burns or share a favourite poem by the Bard.

The New Year is traditionally a time for people to consider fresh activities and writing may be just the thing to consider. The Falkirk Writers Circle has a mixture of ages, experience and interests, as well as actual writing abilities although have in common the pleasure of writing. There is a broad range of writing tasks including stories, articles and poetry. There are also local competitions and events arranged by the Circle plus the opportunity to enter the same but on a national basis.

Further information can be found in our website, www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com. The Falkirk Writers Circle meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are always welcome.

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Next week to commemorate Robert Burns’ birthday writers can write a poem in the style of Burns or share a favourite poem by the Bard. The following week is February’s Topic Night, the choice of headings are ‘Speak to me’ and ‘A Great Day for Freedom’.

Sunday 16 January 2022

Topic Night

The Falkirk Writers Circle resumed after the short Christmas break with the first Topic Night of the year. The headings to choose from were ‘Coming Back to Life’ or ‘’What do you Want from Me?’ writers able to do a story, article or poem. 

Next week the task is to write a short story of around one thousand words on the theme of romance. This will be followed by a celebration of Burns on the night of the anniversary of his birthday.

The New Year is traditionally the time for people to consider fresh activities and writing may be just the thing to consider. The Falkirk Writers Circle has a mixture of ages, experience and interests, as well as actual writing abilities although have in common the pleasure of writing. There is a broad range of writing tasks including stories, articles and poetry. There are also local competitions and events arranged by the Circle plus the opportunity to enter the same but on a national basis.

Further information can be found in our website, www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com. The Falkirk Writers Circle meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are always welcome.

Monday 10 January 2022

New Year

The Falkirk Writers Circle resumes after the short Christmas break, their first session on 11 January being the initial Topic Night of the new year. The headings to choose from are ‘Coming Back to Life’ or ‘’What do you Want from Me?’ writers able to do a story, article or poem.  The following week the task is to write a short story of around one thousand words on the theme of romance.

The New Year is traditionally the time for people to consider fresh activities and writing may be just the thing to consider. The Falkirk Writers Circle has a mixture of ages, experience and interests, as well as actual writing abilities although have in common the pleasure of writing. There is a broad range of writing tasks including stories, articles and poetry. There are also local competitions and events arranged by the Circle plus the opportunity to enter the same but on a national basis.

Further information can be found in our website, www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com. The Falkirk Writers Circle meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are always welcome.

Thursday 06 January 2022

New Year

The first session of the new year is on 11 January, another Topic Night, the headings to choose from ‘Coming Back to Life’ or ‘’What do you Want from Me?’ The following week the task is to write a short story on the theme of romance.

Sunday 12 December 2021

Topic Night

Tuesday night’s session of the Falkirk Writers Circle was the final Topic Night for 2021, the headings being “On the Run” or “Lost for Words”.

In the week before the St Andrew’s Night event naturally looked for anything with a Scottish theme and, perhaps unsurprisingly travel in Scotland featured ranging from a Highland adventure to a poem bringing us closer to home with Plean, Cowie and Fallin included. There was a haunting poem about the battle site at Culloden and a shelter in a storm that proved a scary experience.

The last session before the Christmas break, the members will meet for a meal in a local restaurant but not before they share who their favourite poet is on the coming Tuesday. The group resumes in the New Year the first session scheduled for 11 January.

The Falkirk Writers Circle meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are always welcome. The group has a mixture of ages and experience but have in common the pleasure of writing. Further information can be found in our website, www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org, or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Wednesday 08 December 2021

Next week is the chance for writers to share their favourite poet including some of their work, and this may include song writers. Alternatively writers may not have a specific poet of their liking but may opt to share a favourite poem.

Looking ahead the first session of the New Year is a Topic Night the headings to choose from ‘Coming Back to Life’ or ‘’What do you Want from Me?’  The following week the task is to write a short story on the theme of romance.

Sunday 28 November 2021

Favourite Author

For this week’s Falkirk Writers Circle the contributions were all about the writers’ favourite author giving some background information, why they like them as well as reading a selection from one of their works.

Last week’s session was the swap session with Perth Writers, reading each other’s pieces on climate change. Not surprisingly it was generally a serious night many of the submissions concerned about the future of the human race. There was some levity though with the description of a fictitious chat show where the so-called experts were far from that, the only sensible input coming from a member of the public

Next session, falling on St Andrews night, writers have a free hand with the only stipulation their work being on a Scottish theme.

The Falkirk Writers Circle meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are always welcome. The group has a mixture of ages and experience but have in common the pleasure of writing. Further information can be found in our website, www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org, or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Sunday 21 November 2021

Climate Change

Last week’s Falkirk Writers Circle had writers presenting a short story with a sci fi theme. The sixties TV sci fi series ‘The Invaders’ featured as did a story of a suddenly appearing house that disappeared as quickly but not before taking a curious neighbour with it. There was a gadget that allowed you to look into the past and a break in the law of physics that determined the end of the world. A space alien merely out for an errand landed on earth by mistake and finally a feature on numbers and how they appear to rule the world.

This week was the special event with a sharing session, Falkirk Writers Circle and Perth Writers swapping their seven hundred and fifty word articles or stories on climate change. Next session writers should choose their favourite author giving some background information and why they like them as well as reading a selection from one of their works.

The Falkirk Writers Circle meets every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont and new members are always welcome. The group has a mixture of ages and experience but have in common the pleasure of writing. Further information can be found in our website, www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org, or on Facebook, Alternatively, contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Wednesday 17 November 2021

‘Who’s your favourite author and why?’ That the task for writers next week and they can also read a selection from that author if they wish.

The session following is on St Andrew’s night and writers can present anything with a Scottish theme.

Thursday 11/11/21

Next week is our sharing night, reading both Falkirk Writers Circle and Perth Writers’ submissions on the theme of climate change.
The following week writers can write about their favourite author giving some background, why the author is liked and perhaps read a piece from their work

Wednesday 03/11/21

NEXT WEEK: A short story with a sci fi theme of around eight hundred wordsThe following session is the distance share with Perth Writers. An article or story of seven hundred and fifty words on climate change.

Wednesday 27/10/21

Here is the schedule for the next few weeks:

02/11/21 Topic Night with two headings to choose from, ‘The fireworks went off with a bang’ or ‘The reflection in the mirror made me gasp’.
09/11/21 Short story with a sci fi theme of around eight hundred words
16/11/21 Virtual share with Perth Writers. An article or story of seven hundred and fifty words on climate change. (Submissions to be with Isobel no later than 02/11)

Wednesday 20 October 2021

There is a busy schedule ahead with the following activities in the coming weeks:

28/10/21 An article on any topic of around eight hundred words

02/11/21 Topic Night with two headings to choose from, ‘The fireworks went off with a bang’ or ‘The reflection in the mirror made me gasp’.

09/11/21 Short story with a sci fi theme of around eight hundred words

16/11/21 Virtual share with Perth Writers. An article or story of seven hundred and fifty words on climate change (Submissions to be with Isobel no later than 02/11)

Sunday 17 October 2021

Short Story

Last week writers were to produce a short story on general theme of between eight hundred and a thousand words. A varied and entertaining evening ensued including with pet crocodiles, ghostly boys’ night in, and being lost on the loch just a few of the stories shared.

This week is the first opportunity of the new session for writers to present a poem. Compose something new or dig out a favourite written before, their choice. The week after, the variety of the tasks continues, this time an article being the order of the evening. An opportunity for writers to share their knowledge on things that take their interest.

In the coming weeks there are two headings to choose from for the Topic Night, ‘The fireworks went off with a bang’ or ‘The reflection in the mirror made me gasp’. Further on, a virtual sharing night with Perth Writers is a seven hundred and fifty article or story on climate change.

The Falkirk Writers Circle is open for new members, whether experienced or new to writing, to join an informal group that always looks forward to fresh ideas and inspiration that comes from other writers. General information on the Circle can be found in the website: www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Next is the first opportunity of the new session for writers to present a poem. Compose something new or dig out a favourite written before, their choice. The week after, the variety of the tasks continues, this time an article being the order of the evening. An opportunity for writers to share their knowledge on things that take their interest.

In the coming weeks there are two headings to choose from for the Topic Night, ‘The fireworks went off with a bang’ or ‘The reflection in the mirror made me gasp’.

A virtual sharing night with Perth Writers is being arranged for 16 November with a seven hundred and fifty article or story on climate change. Submissions to be with Isobel, the deadline 06 November to be sent to isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

06 October 2021

Next Week: Writers are to produce a short story on a general theme of between eight hundred and a thousand words. The week after it will be the first opportunity of this session for writers to present a poem. Compose something new of dig out a favourite written before, their choice.

03 October 2021

Me and DIY

Last week’s session at the Falkirk Writers’ Circle was another confessional, writers sharing their experiences of DIY.  This proved to be an entertaining evening with members relating their DIY experiences, with the disasters outweighing the successes.  Don’t call on FWC if you want a rabbit hutch or your guttering repaired.

The first topic night of the season is this week.  The choice of heading being “He thought he was the bee’s knees” or “It all started as a normal morning in May.” A maximum of five hundred words. Next week the writers are to produce a short story on a general theme to be between eight hundred and one thousand words.

The Falkirk Writers’ Circle is open to new members, whether experienced or new to writing, to join an informal group that always looks forward to fresh ideas and inspiration that comes from other writers.  General information on the Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at Isobel.quinn@outlook.com

29 September 2021

The first topic night of the season is next week. The choice of heading being “He thought he was the bee’s knees” or “It all started as a normal morning in May.” A maximum of five hundred words.

For the following session the task is to produce a short story on a general theme to be between eight hundred and one thousand words.

22 September 2021

Next week: Another confessional session asking writers to share their experiences of DIY, whether hanging up a picture or building a house. Handy or cack handed, glorious or disastrous it’s a topic that’s sure to be successful, even if the project wasn’t. The first topic night is the following week with the choice of headings ‘He thought he was the bee’s knees’ or ‘It all started as a normal morning in May.’

19 September 2021

Something Sporty

This week writers were to present ‘something sporty’ giving members the chance to boast about their sporting prowess, or otherwise. Contributions included – Attempting to get to Aviemore during a snow storm only to find that the snow gates at the access road to the slopes were closed, How the banter at the Table Tennis Club is as good for the soul as the exercise, How marbles should be made into an Olympic sport. The tale of a bargain cricket outfit that went awry in the rain. How Welsh marathon runner Steve Jones inspired one member to take up running, Another member reminisced about the time she road round the track with Glasgow Tigers Speedway star Ken McKinlay. Then there was the chap who got even with his tormentors by outrunning them at the school sports. There was also a profile of Ruby Connell who was a stalwart of Bonnybridge Juniors.The next session is titled “You’ll Never Guess What Happened to Me.” Well we’ll find out won’t we? Should be fun. Thje following week writers can share their experiences of DIY, whether hanging up a picture or say, building a house. Handy or cack handed, glorious or disastrous it’s a topic that’s sure to be successful, even if the project wasn’t.The Falkirk Writers’ Circle is open for new members, whether experienced or new to writing, to join an informal group that always looks forward to fresh ideas and inspiration that comes from other writers. General information on the Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook. Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at Isobel.quinn@outlook.com

09 September 2021

Next Week: Writers are to present ‘something sporty’ that can be anything relating to sport, anything. It promises to be an interesting session likely to regale tales of sporting achievements or otherwise. The following week is ‘You’ll never guess what happened to me!’ Well, we’ll find out won’t we? Should be fun.

30 August 2021

At last the new season of FWC will start on Tuesday 7th September 2021, in the Coffee Lounge, Greenpark Centre, Polmont at 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

We will still have to adhere to some restrictions.

Masks must be worn when entering and leaving the building and if going to the toilet. They may be removed during the meeting.

The coffee lounge and the toilets must be sanitised by FWC prior to and on leaving the meeting. Hopefully we can set up a rota to cover this. Sanitising materials will be supplied by centre.

THE KITCHEN IS A NO GO AREA. There will be NO tea break. If you want to bring a drink you must bring your own glass/mug and take it home to be washed.

THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO THE KITCHEN AREA.PLEASE NOTE NEW FINISHING TIME 9.00PM. As there will be no tea break it was decided to close earlier

The proposed syllabus was drafted when we thought we would still have to meet on line and will hopefully change to incorporate competitions, speakers, words & music and talking pictures.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again and specifically our new members.

23 August 2021

September Return

Good news! It’s looking good for the group to make a return to face to face meetings at the Greenpark Community Centre in Polmont, albeit with specific conditions and precautions. Social distancing, face coverings and cleaning will be the order of the day. Details will be issued to Circle members before the return date of Tuesday 7 September.

The new season will include the usual mixture of writing including short stories, articles and poetry, and hopefully a return for the regular competitions can also go ahead.

08 August 2021

Summer Recess

After twenty months of continued activity, fourteen of them online due to the corona virus, members of the Falkirk Writers Circle are enjoying a well-earned summer break. In saying that some have participated in this year’s online Falkirk Tryst Festival, but everyone is hoping, and looking forward to the time when the group can meet up in the usual venue at the Polmont Community Centre.

The relaxation of covid restrictions just announced may bring that date forward but whether the Circle can resume as normal in September is as yet unknown. However, the syllabus is being worked on and activities will start from 7 September whether online or in person. There will be the usual mixture of writing including short stories, articles and poetry, and hopefully the regular competitions can also be held .

The Falkirk Writers Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

31 May 2021

Looking Ahead

The final online session for this season’s Falkirk Writers Circle season was the apt title ‘Looking Ahead’, writers interpreting the heading as they wished.

The topic was looked at in both general terms but also, as you would expect, writers’ individual objectives going forward. Dealing with retirement was mentioned as was getting back to being with family and enjoying leisure activities. There was also the sentiment of looking forward to the group getting back together again in the autumn.

Hopefully the Circle can look ahead to meeting once more in the Greenpark Community Centre for the start of the new programme in September. Information will be circulated nearer the time.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

26 May 2021

Last night’s online session was the final one for this season and the Writers Circle will return in September.
Hopefully we can look ahead to meeting once more in the Greenpark Community Centre for the start of the new programme in the autumn. Information will be circulated nearer the time.

23 May 2021

Topic Night

Last week the headings for the Falkirk Writers Circle online Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the Lane’.

Reminiscences of a piano teacher and where she lived and a mysterious cottage where all was not as it seemed provided good reading as did the Deeside dilemma. Additionally, there was a hazardous hotel and a last-minute poem to round off the session.

This week will be the last of this season’s online sessions with an apt title ‘Looking Ahead’. Writers can interpret the heading as they wish but for the Falkirk Writers Circle hopefully, they will be looking ahead to meeting once more in the Greenpark Community Centre for the start of the new programme in September.  

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

16 May 2021

Best and Worst

Last week the Falkirk Writers Circle online session had the title of ‘Best and Worst’ writers sharing opinions and stories around this heading.

The story about gamekeeper Bob Bisset and a look back, comparing people’s dress then and now, male and female featured as did a tale from the ancient Isles. The choice to live in Glasgow or Grangemouth had a significant influence on the children of the family’s upbringing and there was an analysis of the very topic. Jack and Jill’s housebreaking troubles, coming from next week’s title, wound up the entertainment for the evening.

This week the headings for the Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the Lane’. Next week will be the last of this season’s online session with an apt title ‘Looking Ahead’. Writers can interpret the heading as they wish but for the Writers Circle hopefully, they will be looking ahead to meeting once more in the Greenpark Community Centre at the start of the new season in September.  

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

12 May 2021

Next week the headings for the Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the Lane’. The following week will be the last of this season’s online session with an apt title ‘Looking Ahead’. Writers can interpret the heading as they wish but for the Writers Circle, hopefully we will be looking ahead to meeting once more in the Greenpark Community Centre at the start of the new season in September.  

09 May 2021

Comedy Sketch

This week’s Falkirk Writers Circle online session proved entertaining, writers submitting a five-minute comedy sketch. Misheard or double meanings along with misunderstood situations provided the ingredients for some truly funny sketches. 

Next week with a title of ‘Best and Worst’ writers can share their opinions on their, guess what, best and worst experiences of whatever. The following week the headings for the Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the lane’.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

05 May 2021

Next week with a title of ‘Best and Worst’ writers can share their opinions on their, guess what, best and worst experiences of whatever. The following week the headings for the Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the lane’.

02 May 2021

Writer’s Biographies

The online session for last week’s Falkirk Writers Circle gave the writers the opportunity to find out more about their fellow members providing a short biography possibly in the style of the author’s details seen in front of a novel.

As it turned out various formats were adopted but the key thing was the diversity of backgrounds revealed in the contributions. Two chemists and a consultant haematologist are among the group as is a free spirit along with an arctophile, someone who collects teddy bears. Other hobbies were mentioned including an imaginative story teller, a trait inherited from their dad is there, and a gardener, a magician and an avid football fan. An interesting group of people to be sure.

This week should prove entertaining, and funny, writers being asked to provide a five-minute comedy sketch. Later in May the headings for the Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the lane’.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

28 April 2021

Next week should prove entertaining, and funny, writers being asked to provide a five-minute comedy sketch. Later in May the headings for the Topic Night are ‘Privileged Position’ or ‘That house at the end of the lane’.

25 April 2021

Topic Night

Last week’s online session was Topic Night, the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. The ashes of recently deceased loved pets featured as did a burnt carpet, the disposing of hot embers from the grate going wrong. A visit underground to the former High Valleyfield coalmine proved interesting as did the paper chase with a surprise ending fascinating. A young boy finally met the mystery woman who everyone in the village believed to be a witch wound up a great evening’s entertainment.

Next, writers can provide a short biography of themselves in the style seen in front of a novel followed by five minute comedy sketch the week after.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

21 April 2021

Next week writers can provide a short biography of themselves in the style seen in front of a novel. For the week after it’s a five minute comedy sketch for two to three characters.

18 April 2021

Sharing Night

It was another sharing night for last week’s Falkirk Writers Circle online session, a further opportunity to share any work in progress, something previously written, or something seen that may be of interest to the writers.

The session featured some great stories including selling your soul to the Devil to solve Sudoku puzzles and a young boy who’s set up by a thieving magpie. A big house in the woods is cased for a boys’ night out and a guided tour of the Deep Southern Railway features some surprises. An analysis of some aspects of the George Floyd murder trial brings a more serious contribution in what was an altogether entertaining evening’s read.

It’s Topic Night this week, the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. A maximum of 450 words for this or if a poem, 40 lines. In the following weeks writers can provide a short biography of themselves in the style seen in front of a novel. A comedy sketch is also to be submitted, something that would last around five minutes for two to three characters.

14 April 2021

It’s Topic Night next week, the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. A maximum of 450 words for this or if a poem, 40 lines. In the following weeks writers can provide a short biography of themselves in the style seen in front of a novel. A comedy sketch is also to be submitted, something that would last around five minutes for two to three characters.

11 April 2021

April Showers

Last week’s Falkirk Writers Circle online session was simply titled ‘April Showers’, looking for a poem or short story on that one.

It rained contributions, including a vision of the more extreme showers of the future and a gallant effort to outsmart the showers to get home and dry while out for a newspaper. A serious of mishaps befell a poor soul who thought he had been prepared for anything while matching coat and wellies were the dress code for an indoor picnic. Finally a poem described beautifully the fate of the boiled egg for Easter and it’s ultimate destination at the bottom of a rainsoaked hill.

This week is another sharing night, a further opportunity to share any work in progress, something previously written, or something seen that may be of interest to the writers. The Topic Night the session after has the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. A maximum of 450 words for this or if a poem, 40 lines.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

07 April 2021

Next week is another sharing night, a further opportunity to share any work in progress, something previously written, or something seen that may be of interest to the writers. The Topic Night the session after has the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. A maximum of 450 words for this or if a poem, 40 lines.

04 April 2021

Easter

Falkirk Writers Circle online session last week had an Easter theme with an invitation to submit a poem, article or story. A range of Easter experiences featured including an excursion to Brussels that had an unwelcome sinister stop off and memories of wet cold picnics. On a brighter note, there was a memory of a happy family weekend in Whitby, and then we had the bizarre. Hard boiled Easter eggs singing ‘Miserere Mei, Deus, very well apparently, and a board meeting with weird ideas on how to increase sales of their chocolate eggs completed the session.

This week the title is simply April Showers, looking for a poem or short story on that one. The following week is another sharing night, another opportunity to share any work in progress, something previously written, or something seen that may be of interest to the writers. The Topic Night scheduled for later in the month has the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. A maximum of 450 words for this or if a poem, 40 lines.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

30 March 2021

Next week the title is simply April Showers, looking for a poem or short story on that one. The following week is another sharing night, another opportunity to share any work in progress, something previously written, or something seen that may be of interest to the writers. The Topic Night scheduled for later in the month has the headings ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’. A maximum of 450 words for this or if a poem, 40 lines.

28 March 2021

World Poetry Day

Falkirk Writers Circle celebrated World Poetry Day which was on 21 March with a range of poems, short and long, light and serious. A bridge spanning generation of children playing featured as did an empty end of season seaside resort. The love of the sea, mountains, words and a certain ladey were described and on the lighter side we heard about the desire to become a belly dancer. The pandemic perhaps unsurprisingly came up, the rituals of the frequent hand washings along with the break for freedom provided by the daily walk.   

This week there is an Easter theme with an invitation to submit a poem, article or story followed by the title of April Showers the week after. Further into April the choice of headings for the Topic Night are ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website – www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

24 March 2021

Next week there is an Easter theme with an invitation to submit a poem, article or story followed by the title of April Showers the week after. Further into April the choice of headings for the Topic Night are ‘Putting out the Ashes’ or ‘Paper Chase’

21 March 2021

Sharing Night

It was a sharing night for last week’s Falkirk Writers Circle online session giving writers the opportunity to submit anything they are working on for feedback and comment. Alternatively, they could share any writing done or feedback on poems, stories or articles that have caught their eye for whatever reason.

There was a story looking ahead as to how 2020 will be looked upon in the history books and ironically a tale telling of the hazards of sharing. An old poem was revived and an article discussing the contradictions between the reading habits of men and women. Readers were given the opportunity to review the first chapter of a book and all in all, the variety of the session was interesting and entertaining.

The task for writers this week is to celebrate World Poetry Day which is on 21 March by, you guessed it, write a poem on any topic and style of their choosing. The following week has an Easter theme with an invitation to submit a poem, article or story. Get them rolling in writers.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website  www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

17 March 2021

The task for writers next week is to celebrate World Poetry Day which is on 21 March by, you guessed it, write a poem on any topic and style of their choosing. The following week has an Easter theme with an invitation to submit a poem, article or story. Get them rolling in writers.

14 March 2021

Topic Night

Last week’s Falkirk Writers Circle online session was Topic Night, the titles being ‘In the palm of your hand’ or ‘Travels with my dog’.

A satirical look on proverbs was included while a wee Scottie dog’s journey around London was short lived. Another doggie tale featured a Jack Russell called Ben who had a liking for sports cars and journeys up North. An abandoned child reached art college only to come face to face with her twin, and a wife’s letter to her late husband had a sinister twist in its conclusion. There was also some education with details of the Trial of the Pyx shared, and it’s worth finding out more.

This week is a sharing night where writers can submit anything they are working on for feedback and comment. Alternatively, they can share any writing done or feedback on poems, stories or articles that have caught their eye for whatever reason. The task for the following week is to celebrate World Poetry Day which is on 21 March by, you guessed it, write a poem on any topic and style of their choosing.   

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website www.https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

10 March 2021

Next week is a sharing night where writers can submit anything they are working on for feedback and comment. Alternatively, they can share any writing done or feedback on poems, stories or articles that have caught their eye for whatever reason. The task for the following week is to celebrate World Poetry Day which is on 21 March by, you guessed it, write a poem on any topic and style of their choosing.   

05 March 2021

Modernised Fairy Tale/Nursery Rhyme

The Falkirk Writers Circle online session last week saw writers produce a modern version of a Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme. A fun week had Jane and Bill going up the hill to fetch their errant daughter. Alcohol was involved apparently. The Prince woke up the Sleeping Beauty with a bacon roll from Greggs and as things turned out it was Little Boy Blue who lost Farmer Brown’s sheep and not Bo Peep. There was a Scots version of Little Red Riding Hood and the story of Snow White and Cinderella written from a step mother’s point of view. Various mixed up muddled up nursery rhymes also featured.

This week it’s Topic Night, the titles being ‘In the palm of your hand’ or ‘Travels with my dog’ followed by a sharing night when writers can submit anything they are working on for feedback and comment. Alternatively, writers can share anything they have done or any poems, stories, articles that have caught their eye for whatever reason.       

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website, https://falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

03 March 2021

Next week it’s Topic Night, the titles being ‘In the palm of your hand’ or ‘Travels with my dog’ followed by a sharing night when writers can submit anything they are working on for feedback and comment. Alternatively, writers can share anything they have done or any poems, stories, articles that have caught their eye for whatever reason.       

28 February 2021

Robert Burns Tribute

Better late than never for the Falkirk Writers Circle with their tribute to Robert Burns. This was to take the form of a poem written in the style of Burns, a poem in Scots, an article about Burns or a verse or quote from your favourite Burns poem.

A sequel to Holy Wullie’s Prayer featured plus an aspiring poet’s tribute to the Bard. Odes to a bike, a neep and perhaps unusually a tin of haggis were entertaining and there was a recollection of a visit to the Rainbow Muslim Women’s Group where, as well as Robert Burns, the bard of Pakistan, Allama Iqbal were celebrated.

This week writers will produce a modern version of a Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme. That could be fun. The following week, the titles for the Topic Night are ‘In the palm of your hand’ or ‘Travels with my dog’.

The Circle is open for new members to join and general information on the Falkirk Writers Circle can be found in the website, falkirkwriterscircle.org or find us on Facebook.  Alternatively contact the Chair, Isobel Quinn at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

24 February 2021

For next week’s online session writers will produce a modern version of a Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme. That could be fun. The following week, the titles for the Topic Night are ‘In the palm of your hand’ or ‘Travels with my dog’.

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