Short Sharp Stories: Scotland’s Year of Stories

Through Scotland’s Year of Stories, from July to October Hospitalfield are hosting writers’ residencies, workshops, events and readings in The New Scriptorium at Arbroath Abbey.

Short Sharp Stories is a programme of literary events, workshops and writers’ residencies in Arbroath launching The New Scriptorium in Arbroath Abbey. From the historic whisper of medieval publication to the cacophony of contemporary communication, this programme will inspire new writing for Arbroath and Angus.

Activity began in April with artist Kate Guthrie leading illustration and writing workshops with young people from Arbroath Academy inspired by local history resulting in a public artwork created with the young people in Arbroath.

From July to October, we will hold residencies, workshops and reading events led by the Scriptorium Writers in Residence in Arbroath Abbey.



Saturday 18 June, 2-4pm:
Opening day of The New Scriptorium at Arbroath Abbey
Launch of KMG Short Sharp Stories Installation with pupils from Arbroath Academy

Author Erin Farley gives reading from her book Angus Folk Tales: 3.30 – 4pm

Illustrator Josie Kennedy leads book making workshop: 2.30 – 3.30pm


14 July – 14 August: Angus Writers Circle Residency

Thursday 14 July, 2-4pm: Launch of Angus Writers Circle Residency with Live Readings from the members.

Wednesday 20 July, 27 July, 3 and 10 August. 1.30-4pm: Angus Writers Circle Public Drop in Writing Workshops
More info 

Thursday 11 August, 3-5pm: Lost Words writing workshop with artist Rachel Pimm


Saturday 24 September: Workshop led by Christie Dooley and Áine Rowe, 2-4pm
Christie and Áine will be Writers in Residence from 21 – 24 September


October – 404 Ink Press in residence, with a public talk and workshop (dates tbc)



Access to The New Scriptorium

Access to The New Scriptorium is free for education groups and individuals affiliated with Hospitalfield. Please email for more info on free access for educational groups.

Visitors to the Abbey will be able to access the interior The New Scriptorium during public events and workshops. Visitors attending workshops and events will gain free entry to the Abbey.

Access to the Abbey Visitor Centre, Abbey Grounds (reduced) and The New Scriptorium is £4.75 standard price with a range of concessions available. Information on ticketing can be found here:


Arbroath Abbey is open:

1 April to 30 September:
Daily, 10am to 5pm
Last entry is 4.30pm


Inaugural Writers' Residency: Angus Writers Circle

From 14 July to 14 August, Angus Writers’ Circle are the inaugural Writers in Residence in The New Scriptorium in Arbroath Abbey as part of Short Sharp Stories for Scotland’s Year of Story Telling.

Angus Writers’ Circle was founded by local authors Chris Longmuir, David Wishart and Eileen Ramsay in 1990. All are now honorary members, and the group continues to promote its original aims: to encourage the craft of writing, for both profit and pleasure, and to offer support, information and a sense of community to writers at all stages of their development. The Circle meets in Arbroath, which is a central point for Angus-based writers to meet. Members hail from Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar, Meigle, Montrose and all the places in between!

Angus Writers’ Circle is thrilled to have been selected as the first Writers-in-Residence at the new Scriptorium. Not only will this opportunity offer each member valuable time to devote to their own work, but also an inspirational space in which to meet members of the wider community who may be curious about what we do, or wish to begin their own writing journey. We will be on hand throughout our residency to offer a helping hand for those first steps.

Plans for this residency include a session of readings from our new anthology, A Kist of Scots, and regular drop-in sessions for members of the public to come and chat about writing, or try their hand at some Abbey-themed writing prompts. We will also be holding some workshops inspired by the Scriptorium, and its outside space.

Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund through Visit Scotland

This project has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund through Visit Scotland. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

Short Sharp Stories, part of The Arbroath Town Writers’ programme, will bring writers and young people together to focus on the skills involved in creating a short story. Hospitalfield is working with Arbroath 2020+2 and Historic Environment Scotland to develop this and the wider Town Writers’ programme. April 2022 to September 2022. Thanks also for funding from Creative Scotland and Angus Council Town Centre Funds.