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 stills & moving images,sounds, & most recently trying to play instruments. It is generally hybrid in form & probably personal in content. I am interested in non-cathartic expression and articulation, embodied spaces, place and memory. I have no great plan. I had my first fiction piece published, at 43, in a sold on the street zine created by an ex West Ham football casual, have been chosen to read at the prestigious Edinburgh International Book Festival's Storyshop for emerging writers, been long-listed in an international experimental nonfiction prize run by the Lifted Brow & judged by Dodie Bellamy, Kate Zambreno & Helen MacDonald, had pieces in art exhibitions in England & Ireland, the 1st ever photo essay in The Stinging Fly, & have written & performed stand up comedy. Breathe or punctuate. I like feelings, car parks, caravans, 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'm currently making a film Can You Hear the Interim  as part of a postgraduate MSc in experimental filmmaking at Glasgow University, developing a site responsive album Birl of Unmap with Scottish composers Kinbrae and working on my hybrid experimental nonfiction project The Absolution of Shyness.

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. 

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