Angus Writers Circle monthly meeting

ANNA Day, director of Literary Dundee, a University of Dundee led initiative to promote interest in literature, was the guest speaker at the Angus Writers’ Circle last Wednesday.

She told members that the literary festival started in 2006 to 2007, and since then has gone from strength to strength.

It takes about eight months’ planning to bring together the writers, speakers and publishers for the four-day event in October.

The Dundee Book Prize is an essential part of the festival with its £10,000 first prize and a publishing contract it attracts entries from new authors.

Anna gave members some guidance and tips on how to prepare manuscripts. She also explained how the winning author is guided through the editing and publishing process.

She then finished with a question and answer session before president, Hamish McNiven, gave the vote of thanks.

The Circle meets on Wednesdays on the first and third week of the month throughout the year in the Rosely Country House Hotel, Arbroath. New members are always welcome.

For further details, ‘phone the secretary, Eleanor Fordyce, on 01307 465056 or e-mail: