Author details

Shane Strachan


I am a writer based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Much of my work is inspired by the folk, language and landscape of the Northeast of Scotland, with my prose and drama often incorporating Northeast Scots (Doric). Many of my stories and poems have been published nationally and I've also had theatre work staged in Aberdeen.

I hold a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen and have experience teaching within academic and community settings. I've also worked on various creative projects in Scotland, Germany and Zimbabwe.

I am represented by Jenny Brown (

About writer's work

Much of my work focuses on the fishing communities of the Northeast of Scotland, particularly in my short story collection, Orra Though It Be, completed as part of an AHRC-funding PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen between 2011-2014. The thesis as a whole was shortlisted for the Ross Roy Medal at the 2015 Saltire Literary Awards; stories from it have appeared in Stand, New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, The Interpreter’s House, Freight’s anthology Out There and many more.

I am currently working on my debut novel, Quines at Sea, which focuses on seven women who escape small town Scottish life on a fishing trawler and travel across Europe. I have been fortunate to develop this through multiple writing retreats funded by a Made in Aberdeen award (Aberdeen City Council).

Outside of prose, I have worked on a number of playwriting projects in the Northeast, including the National Theatre of Scotland’s biggest ever production, Granite, performed in Marischal College in 2016, and a Youth Theatre play for Aberdeen Performing Arts which was performed at the National Festival of Youth Theatre in 2015. I was also commissioned by the maternal health research initiative Immpact to write a play about transport issues for expecting mothers in Sub-Saharan Africa; this was performed at the 2015 University of Aberdeen May Festival and attended by medical professionals from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Further to this, I often work on cross-artform collaborative projects. The most recent project involved writing a mixture of prose and poetry about five buildings on Union Street for the Unreal Estate exhibition which sought to redress and reflect on Aberdeen City and its cultural and architectural heritage. Part of the 2016 Look Again Visual Arts Festival, the exhibition was attended by over 3,100 people.

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Current events and projects

I am available for readings, residences and workshops across Scotland. 

I am an experienced reader of my work having performed at London’s Polari Literary Salon, Edinburgh International Book Festival, the University of Texas at Austin, Sheffield University, and Aberdeen University’s May Festival. Much of my work features the Doric dialect so I am often asked to read at events focused on Scots language and Scottish Literature. I have also performed at several LGBT events.

Other work

Selected recent publications:

'Weir of Hermiston' in The Interpreter's House 61, February 2016

'Clype' in Causeway/Cabhsair 6.2, December 2015

'Gyurd' on Long Story, Short, November 2015

'Starnie' in Stand magazine, Issue 13(3), October 2015

'Día de los Muertos' in Pushing Out the Boat 13, April 2015

'On a Painting by Sang Jianguo' in Gutter 12, February 2015

'Bill Gibb, 1972' in Out There (Glasgow: Freight, 2014)

'Ketea' in Northwords Now, Issue 27, July 2014

'Loons' in Octavius Magazine 2, August 2013

'The Struldbrugs' in New Writing Scotland 31 (Glasgow: ASLS, 2013)

'Mormond Braes' in Northwords Now, Issue 21, July 2012

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Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Playwright, Writer


English, Scots