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Programme 2017-18


5 Sep | Welcome, Introductions, Discussion
A look ahead to the year's programme
Readings of summer/other work
19 Sep | Visit of Falkirk
"Memories are made of this" Max 500 words.
Closing date for Poetry competition
3 Oct | Club Night
3-5 minute sketch, any topic.
17 Oct | Poetry Adjudication
Jon Plunkett
7 Nov | Club Night
Closing date for Flash Fiction competition
21 Nov | Critique Night
"I should have known better"
5 Dec | Flash Fiction Adjudication
19 Dec | Silent Auction
Workshop led by Margaret


9 Jan | Club Night
23 Jan | Critique Night
"Another world"
Closing date for Olive Lawrie Short Story Competition
6 Feb | Club Night
"Mills and Boon tribute night"
20 Feb | Olive Lawrie Adjudication
Eleanor Fordyce
6 Mar | Schools Poetry Competition Workshop led by Jim Waite
Closing date for Presidentís Prize
20 Mar | Rehearsal for Pocketful of Perthshire
3 Apr | Presidentís Prize announcement
Presentation of schools poetry winners certificates
17 Apr | AGM
24 Apr | Annual Meal
1 May | Stovie Night
East Inchmichael
16 May | A Pocketful of Perthshire
Evening Performance

Competitions 2017-18

Topic of own choice; max 40 lines
Deadline: 19 September
Result: 17 October
Adjudicator: Jon Plunkett
Flash Fiction
Topic of own choice; max 350 words
Deadline: 7 November
Result: 5 December
Adjudicator: SAW
Olive Lawrie Trophy: Short Story
"Discovery"; max 2500 words
Deadline: 23 January
Result: 20 February
Adjudicator: Eleanor Fordyce
President's Prize: Article
Topic of own choice; max 1200 words
Deadline: 6 March
Result: 3 April
Adjudicator: William Duguid


  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.