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Shane Strachan

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Local authority: Aberdeen City
Languages: English, Scots
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I am a writer and performer based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Much of my work is inspired by the Northeast of Scotland and its relationship with the wider world. I hold a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen, from which 16 short stories have been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter and others.

My most recent creative works for both page and stage have overtly engaged with real-life material including: The Shelter, a verbatim theatre project supported by the National Theatre of Scotland; Nevertheless (amaBooks), a series of short stories inspired by the National Library of Scotland's Muriel Spark archives; and current works-in-progress focused on the life of fashion designer Bill Gibb for which I was awarded a Scottish Book Trust Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

I have experience teaching within academic and community settings and I've also worked on various creative projects, including in Germany and Zimbabwe. I am available for readings, residencies and workshops across Scotland. I tend to facilitate events focused on short story writing and the Scots language. I am an experienced reader of my work having performed at London's Polari Literary Salon, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and Aberdeen University's May Festival.

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Dundee; Moray

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; LGBTQIA+ characters; Rural communities

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100