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Scottish Arts Club
The social hub of the Arts in Scotland

The winner of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2014 is Sandra Ireland for her story “The Desperation Game”. Her award of £300 was presented by Alexander McCall Smith during the Club’s Annual Garden Party on Saturday 16 August. Five other writers who were finalists in the competition received signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith novel. Read Sandra’s winning story and the stories of all the finalists in the 2014 competition.

The 2015 Short Story Competition will be launched in October.

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Jim Haynes Sunday Dinner and Book Launch (Sunday, 17th August)

Following the tremendous success of last year's event, Jim Haynes will be returning to the Club for an official 'Paris Sunday Dinner at Large', and the launch of his refreshed memoir, "THANKS FOR COMING! ENCORE!", which includes an extensive, first-hand account of the beginnings of the Edinburgh Festivals, Book Festivals and Traverse Theatre - from the man who was involved from the start. Copies of the book will be available on special Club offer, and Jim will be happy to sign. Celebrating his 58th Edinburgh Festival, Haynes brings you his unique brand of lively dinner, great food, invigorating conversation and your chance to make new friends. Guests welcome! 8pm - midnight, £10. 

Workshops for Writers at the Scottish Arts Club (Oct 17-18)

A 2-day writers’ workshop led by award-winning author Zoë Strachan, is the first of a series planned by the Scottish Arts Club. This practical workshop, focusing on the use of memory to inspire family history or fiction, will be held on Friday 17/Saturday 18 October from 10am-4pm. Places are limited to 15, and will be open to members and non-members. For more information about this and other workshops for writers click here.

Gallery Exhibition (from 1 August 2014)


Forthcoming events

Please note, all Club events run under the Chatham House Rule.

August 2014   
Sat 16 12 noon onwards

Annual Garden Party

This year, the party - held, once again, in the elegance of Rutland Square Gardens - will include the award of the very first Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition prizes. Come and hear all about it, and enjoy a glass of bubbly, music from "Alternative Medicine", and a Festival Buffet lunch.

Members, £30, non-members £40
Sun 17 8pm - midnight

Jim Haynes Sunday Dinner & Book Launch

Jim returns to the Club for another of his memorable "Paris Sunday Dinner At Large" evenings. Come and enjoy great food and great conversation - and the launch of his latest book. Full details in panel, above.

Sun 24 6pm onwards

Scottish Arts Club Fringe Award Party

As with our Fringe Day, our splendid “Flying Artichoke” award – designed by Edinburgh artist Duncan Robertson – for the best, new Scottish drama performance on the Fringe, has become a welcome and respected event within the theatrical community in Scotland, and has attracted considerable attention in the Press. Come and hear all about the short-listed plays from the Club’s panel of judges, and meet and talk with the performers over a glass of wine.



To book, please contact the Club. More events are in the diary.

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