“We are delighted with the progress made through the Scriever programme. It really has helped to showcase the diversity and breadth of the Scots language.,” said Amina Shah, National Librarian.
“Last year, Orkney Scriever Alison Miller’s exploration of new genres alongside championing Orcadian writing both locally and further afield celebrated Orkney as a stronghold of contemporary Scots.
“Now, with the appointment of Aberdeenshire Scriever, Shane Strachan, we are excited to welcome a fresh, dynamic voice to celebrate Doric as yet another facet in modern, vibrant and contemporary Scots writing.”
Shane, who holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen, has published fiction and poetry widely, and staged work with the National Theatre of Scotland and Paines Plough.
Following the award of a Scottish Book Trust Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, he exhibited his spoken word project ‘The Bill Gibb Line’ at Aberdeen Art Gallery, which celebrated the Aberdeenshire fashion designer. He has facilitated creative workshops in communities and schools across the North East, and published Doric Scots translations as part of Itchy Coo’s fairy tale collections.
Alan Bett, Head of Literature and Publishing at Creative Scotland said: “The Scriever is a rare opportunity for a writer to be provided time and support to create new writing in Scots. Shane Strachan is an excellent choice, able to create work in a range of literary disciplines, the ability to tap into the literary heritage of the language and produce exciting creative work sure to connect with a broad contemporary audience.”