I'm a Scottish writer & poet living on the Fife coast, across the water from Edinburgh. I like to try stuff out & to learn by just following my interests. My writing practice incorporates still & moving image, sound and materials. I've been trying to play instruments and have created soundscapes for release and devised and performed the sound for my recent media art installation. My work is generally hybrid in form & probably personal in content. I am interested in articulation, non-cathartic expression, embodied spaces, place, movement and memory. I have no great plan. I had my first fiction piece published, at 43, in Push, a limited edition sold on the street zine, (alongside writers such as Jenni Fagan and David Peace), have been chosen to read fiction at the Edinburgh International Book Festival's Storyshop for emerging writers, been long-listed in the international experimental nonfiction prize run by the Lifted Brow/RMIT in Australia (judged by Dodie Bellamy, Kate Zambreno & Helen MacDonald) had sound and moving image work in art exhibitions in England & Ireland, the 1st ever photo essay in The Stinging Fly, & have written & performed stand up comedy. I like feelings balanced with thought, car parks, caravans, graffiti, concrete, trees, dogs, lichen, ferns, the sea, blur of random & other people's windows; yet am disdainful of tropes. I was lucky enough to undertake an ecoacoustics residency with Annea Lockwood and Leah Barclay in 2019. I made my media art installation Can You Hear the Interim  as part of a postgraduate MSc in experimental filmmaking at Glasgow University graduating with distinction in December 2020. I'm currently recording a site responsive album Birl of Unmap with Scottish composers Kinbrae (with national radio play on BBC3), finalising my hybrid experimental nonfiction project The Absolution of Shyness and planning further practice led research into expected neonatal death. I am widely published online and in print in journals such as gorse  (with whom I have a pamphlet forthcoming), presses such as Manchester University and Leuven University and have read, performed and exhibited my work in galleries, festivals, car parks, and woods. I have collaborated with a range of musicians, artists and writers. 

I believe in nuance even though I don't like the word.

I'm still finishing stuff. This is not a shop window nor even a window to my soul.

I also founded & co-ordinate  Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness project and have undertaken various commissions including Sanctuary Lab Visual Arts, the Not Quite Light Festival, and as part of the first ever London Borough of Culture celebrations in Waltham Forest 2019, designed and led the first ever all women night walk in Epping Forest. 

All words & images are copyright to me unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use any please just ask me.


Ideas of place, the forgotten, the disarray of unknown

Ideas & interactions of movement & expression, can you hear the interim

Ideas of inside and out, in patterns of embed

© 2019 created by Clare Archibald