They say if you want to get ahead get a hat. Well if last night was anything to go by the members of GWC will go far indeed. Certainly one or two took it to the edge. From bunny ears to balaclavas, we had cowboy dudes and pirate pranksters. I even thought I spotted a fellow pooch but it later turned out to be Ann’s pet polar bear. Oh well.

Grahame kicked off proceedings reminding us about ‘Book Week Scotland on 18th – 20th Nov www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland and ‘OKFest ‘ in Kilmacolm Old Kirk. He also suggested we checkout a couple of hilarious stories posted on our facebook page www.facebook.com/greenockwritersclub/ by Paul Kelly. Oh and there were calls for more stories featuring the hero of last week, Wallace the Fire Dog! Arruff! He’s my favourite.

Isobel took over for the rest of the evening with a Halloween writing exercise. First we all created characters based on our hats? Oh but don’t worry it only got weirder after that. The hats/characters were shuffled and randomly distributed to club members who then all had to write spooky stories featuring the aforementioned hat/character in the style of a Sherlock Holmes casebook! If there’s time next week we may read out a few more of these.

Just a quick reminder to say that that though the submission date for the Scottish Icon competition is now passed we are still looking for your Scottish Icon stories for a prospective book. Even if you have done one for the competition why not have a go at another. Remember there are no constraints on these. They can be fiction or non fiction, poetry or short story and up to 3000 words in length. If you have any please email them to the following address calzacgwc@gmail.com

Ho Hum, onwards and upwards.

Below are the prizewinners for the short story inspired by a picture competition.