FreshAyr opened with a rollicking start last week aided and abetted by various members of Ayr Writers Club, Scottish Screenwriters and many friends and associates.
There were readings and sketches, music and coffee and it all went down a treat. Even the sun shone to help it on its way.
Robert Singer, the powerhouse behind it all, is hoping to develop the area into a creative arts centre showcasing the work of local artists, musicians and writers.
Herborg Hansen, the project coordinator, commented that,
the event showed a lot of support from creatives and set an example of what can be achieved by collaborating in reviving Ayr’s culture and town centre.
Some of the actors in a sketch
FreshAyr is still in its very early stages and is run as a voluntary organisation. But we are expanding and recruiting and before long we hope be a charity organisation that turns café profits into creative action. But we depend on the collaboration from the community and urge people to get in touch regarding future exhibitions, performances or even if people want to get involved in supporting the project going forward.
There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest shown by the Saturday shoppers in the town who ventured in to see what was afoot.
I did a couple of sessions for kids, one a deliberately noisy session with Miss Hullaballoo who insisted that everyone, including parents, join in a singalong of Rock-a-Bye-Baby and Sing Song of Sixpence as loudly as they could.
For the grown-ups, among others, Jennifer read her award winning story, Magda, Carolyn read a monologue and I met Robert Burns in heaven in my piece. Martin Bone, Douglas Skelton and Gail McPartland read extracts from their recently published novels while other members read short stories and poems.
And we even sold quite a few books!
FreshAyr’s Facebook page is here for further information on upcoming events.