The New Scriptorium: Land Literacy Creative Writing Workshop: Rachel Pimm

11 August 2022

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Location: The New Scriptorium, Arbroath Abbey

A gentle and reflective outdoor creative writing workshop with artist Rachel Pimm – aiming to reframe environmental literacy, literature and language in accessible ways for all.

British landscapes and the English language are both rife with harmful metaphors which without attention might reinforce ableist, classist, racist, other oppressive attitudes deriving from extractivist and capitalist values and properties of natural resources, and the imperial logic of binomial naming, to give but a few examples. Together, borrowing texts from other writers also motivated by writing differently about power structures and nature, we will slow down, observe and listen; to the soil, rocks, organisms, flora, fauna, habitats, climate – to collectively create words and reflections to better reflect our bodies and local ecologies
We will begin to generate new literacies.

The workshop forms part of a wider enquiry Rachel Pimm is working on; the life cycle and death of the metaphor in nature writing.


Rachel Pimm
Rachel works with words, objects and photography to research material stories with a focus on the animal, vegetable and mineral as they transform. Recent UK based work, most of which is collaborative, has been in programmes including Artangel, Focal Point, The Serpentine Galleries, and Whitechapel Gallery. Residencies include Loughborough University Chemical Engineering, Gurdon Institute of Genetics at Cambridge University, Rabbit Island, Michigan, USA, and as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence 2019-20. Rachel is Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and has a forthcoming exhibition with Arts Catalyst in Sheffield.

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.


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