WORD Centre for Creative Writing

WORD Centre for Creative Writing

At the WORD Centre for Creative Writing we bring together writers, performers, artists, scholars and audiences of North-East Scotland through creative projects, collaborations, events and performances

From fiction and poetry, to creative non-fiction and collaborative mixed media, the projects of the Centre speak all the languages of North-East Scotland, from Doric and English, to Gaelic and Polish, engaging with its histories and cultural traditions. Reaching out beyond the university community to wider, diverse audiences, the projects of the Centre seek to connect and nurture North-East arts and artists, drawing a creative map of the region.

Two main research strands, Mapping the North-East and Creative Compositions, encompass many of the Centre's activities, which also include the research, public engagement and creative work of its members and directors. We are also actively engaged in building a vibrant and successful community of postgraduate research in Creative Writing, as well as cultivating dynamic collaborations with numerous research centres and partners

WayWORD Festival 19-24th of September 2023

WayWORD is a youth-led literary arts festival brought to you by the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, featuring Kathleen Jamie, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Claire Keegan, Sean Wai Keung, Liam McIlvanney, Kathleen Murray, Andrés N. Ordorica, Michael Pedersen, Alycia Pirmohamed, Chitra Ramaswamy, Arun Sood, Alan Spence, May Sumbwanyambe, and more!


Nan Shepherd Series

As part of our work studying and engaging with the legacy of North-East literary legend Nan Shepherd, we asked University of Aberdeen alumni and Centre Fellows to explain what Shepherd means to them in a series of short videos. Here's Darryl's response. 

Watch the other episodes of the Nan Shepherd Shorts to learn more about Nan Shepherd and her lasting impact on young writers and students!