Short Sharp Stories Programme 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 by artist Bobby Niven 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 by artist Bobby Niven at Arbroath Abbey
Launch of KMG Short Sharp Stories Installation with pupils from Arbroath Academy

Speeches: 2.30 – 3.30pm

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

Thursday 11 August, 3-5pm: Lost Words & Metaphors 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