WayWORD Festival 23-27 September 2020

WayWORD is a student-led literary arts festival brought to you by students and staff of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, featuring Lemn Sissay, Eimear McBride, Jenni Fagan, Alan Warner and many more... Follow the link to check out the programme and register for your favourite events! 


WORD at PodFest 2020

While we could not attend live events and festivals this year, we brought the May Festival to you in a series of podcasts to listen to anywhere! Check out the WORD events below! 

Episode 2 - In Conversation with Chris Young 

Episode 4 - In Conversation with Jane Alexander

Episode 8 - In Conversation with Henry McLeish


WORD BackWORDs

Live events, readings, performances - the joy of sitting together in a room to hear a story being told - lies at the core of the WORD Centre's purpose and inception. The WORD Centre begins as the WORD Literary Festival in 1999, with Artistic Director Professor Alan Spence. Featuring established as well as up-and-coming Scottish, Irish and international writers, from Bernard MacLaverty to Ali Smith, from A L Kennedy to Alistair Gray, from Margaret Atwood to Liz Lochead and Jackie Kay, the three-day festival grew to be the biggest literary festival of the North East, and second in Scotland only to the Edinburgh Book Festival. The festival grew to include musical and artistic performances, Gaelic and Polish events, championing diversity, inclusivity and accessibility alongside the literary focus. 

Over the years, since it became part of the University's May Festival when it began in 2014, WORD events have grown and developed to include community enhancement, grassroots writers and cross/arts collaborations. 

In 2019, a group of students from the University of Aberdeen set to bring to you WayWORD, a student-led festival that brings together traditional WORD audiences with the concerns of young writers and students. More information coming SOON!