Nan Shepherd Competition 2019-2020

Winner Announcement

The inaugural edition of the Nan Shepherd Competition for Young Writers has concluded with the announcement of this year's winners. The judges were positively impressed by the level of skill and care the young participants took, in the insightful and original pieces. The prize, open to S5 and S6 pupils from secondary schools in and around Aberdeenshire, seeks to allow young writers to engage with the genre of nature writing, within which Nan Shepherd's work constitutes an important milestone. 

Winner: Hannah Michie, 'Mrs Ables.'

Runner up: Millie Leslie, 'Blooming.'

The Nan Shepherd Competition 2020-2021 will be announced SOON!

Teaching notes can be found HERE

The Nan Shepherd Shorts - A Video Series

Who is Nan Shepherd? What does she mean to you? 

We asked WORD Centre Fellows, University of Aberdeen students and alumni to express their views about how the North East writer has influenced and shaped their writing and critical thinking. The result is a series of short videos with readings, stories, opinions, as each of them interprets the questions in their own, original ways. Filmed at home during the lockdown months, we come together sharing stories about writing, reading, and exploring the North East region. Watch below! 

Episode 1: Jen Cooper

Episode 2: Darryl Peers

Episode 3: Shane Strachan

Episode 4: Alya Rafiq

Episode 5: Kirsty Lawie