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 19-26 September 2021

WayWORD is a youth and student-led literary arts festival brought to you by students and staff of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, featuring Leila Aboulela, Graeme Armstrong, Harry Josephine Giles, Kirstin Innes, A.L. Kennedy, Val McDermid, Zakiya McKenzie, Ely Percy, Karine Polwart, Alan Warner, Irvine Welsh, Alex Wheatle and many more... Follow the link to check out the programme and find selected recordings of your favourite events! 


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!