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Granite Noir 2024: Writing Workshop with Shane Strachan

  • Central Library


Granite Noir 2024: Writing Workshop with Shane Strachan

Led by author and poet Shane Strachan, this creative writing workshop will inspire you to use Aberdeen-themed artworks as stimuli for writing new prose or poetry set in the city. You will be led through the process of how to ‘read’ an artwork and then how to ‘write’ one with examples from Strachan’s writing practice, before selecting a work to respond to creatively. In line with Granite Noir, many of the Aberdeen artworks to choose from will have a dark twist! No previous writing or visual art experience is required, and you will be very welcome to write in Doric, English or both.



About the Speaker

Shane Strachan

Shane Strachan was the 2022-23 Scots Scriever (National Library of Scotland; Creative Scotland) and was awarded Scots Champion at the 2023 Scots Language Awards. His books include poetry collection DWAMS (Tapsalteerie) and novella Nevertheless (amaBooks), and he has performed his work with the National Theatre Scotland and on BBC Radio 4. He also exhibited his spoken-word project The Bill Gibb Line in Aberdeen Art Gallery, followed by further commissions on the Aberdeenshire fashion designer for V&A Dundee. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen where he now lectures.