I’m a Scottish writer living in Burntisland on the Fife coast in the East of Scotland.

I’m interested in the interplay of forms and the potential of collaboration and am currently exploring loss, choice, vocal expression and movement. I’m also always interested in ideas relating to place, memory, the female gaze and colours.

I’m currently working on my thematically linked sequences of experimental narrative nonfiction, The Absolution of Shyness.  One of the sequences, When Flakes of Ash Fall & Melt Into Water was long-listed in the 2016 international Experimental Nonfiction Prize run by The Lifted Brow/RMIT (judged by Kate Zambreno, Dodie Bellamy & Helen J Macdonald). Another sequence written in creative dialogue with Scottish singer//musician Kathryn Joseph was published in the limited edition Irish art journal gorse, number 9- gorse.

Gorse will also be publishing a limited edition pamphlet of my photography & words as part of a boxset collection.

I have work forthcoming in the Winter 2018 edition of The Stinging Fly.

I’ve previously been selected to read at Storyshop at Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of their showcase for emerging writers, featured in the Project Afterbirth art exhibition that premiered at the White Moose Gallery in Devon, been invited to present my work at Manchester Metropolitan University’s public humanities event, Digital Re-enchantment: Place, Writing & Technology and been made an associate artist of the Digital Institute for Early Parenthood. I also created a piece to perform at Sanctuary Lab 2017, a visual arts and broadcasting event held in the Dark Skies Park of Galloway Forest, which has led to setting up an ongoing collaborative project, Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness. I worked with other artists and writers to create Lone Women in the Not Quite Light:Flashes of Wilderness as part of the Not Quite Light weekend in Salford in May 2018 & have plans for further events in the UK and elsewhere.

I’ve written and performed stand up comedy, have recently written my first play, Footfallen, and have read my poems, fiction, and narrative nonfiction at reading events across Scotland and beyond.  My short story, The Sweetie Wife, was runner up in the 2014 Hysteria competition and my piece, Meandering Route of the Muscle Memories was selected for inclusion in the Journeys anthology produced by the Scottish Book Trust for Book Week Scotland 2015.

Increasingly I use visuals as an additional layer and form of prompts, notes and workings out for my writing and would love to explore this more via collaboration. Generally speaking collaboration is a great way for me to learn and to improve and expand on the quality and range of my writing so please get in touch for a blether about any ideas for working together that you may have.  My writing section has some examples of work available online. If you’d like to read the full piece if not available, or further bits of work then feel free to let me know.

You can contact me via email archieislander@gmail.com or on Twitter

I have no intention of blogging but will probably obsessively reads yours.

Thanks for visiting,


All words and images on the site are Copyright to Clare Archibald unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use something then just ask me first.