I’m a Scottish writer living in Burntisland on the Fife coast in the East of Scotland.

I’m currently working on the end stages of my thematically linked collection of experimental narrative nonfiction, The Absolution of Shyness. A section from it, Gunk, can currently be read at Entropy.

I’ve also just completed my first short play, Footfallen.  My most recent print publication is in issue 2 of Halo and can be purchased here Halo Litmag.  I have a print piece forthcoming in gorse 9 in July gorse. My most recent collaborative work was as part of a 48 hour CinePoem challenge team. The resulting piece is Deciphering the Dust. I’ve also been exploring the incorporation of creative dialogue with other women in my work. My piece for the people, place and architecture series by Walking Heads responded in part to the creative process of musician Brigid Mae Power & can be found here Contraflow. My guest contribution to The Human Seasons archaeology project, can be found here Random Acts of Fold. I also really enjoyed interviewing the Scottish writer Martin MacInnes for EnviroHum.

Most recently I’ve been long-listed for The LiftedBrow/RMIT international non/fictionLAB Prize for Experimental Nonfiction  details here . I’m very pleased to have a piece included in the Dangerous Women Project, it can be read in my writing section. I’ve also presented my work at Manchester Metropolitan University’s public humanities event,  Digital Re-Enchantment: Place, Writing & Technology and been made an associate artist of the Digital Institute for Early Parenthood DIEP.

My work has previously been chosen for reading at Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of their Storyshop for emerging writers, appeared in the Project Afterbirth art exhibition that premiered at the White Moose gallery in Devon, 2015 and been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. My short story ‘The Sweetie Wife’ was runner up in the Hysteria competition in 2014. My piece ‘Meandering Route of the Muscle Memories’ was selected for inclusion in the Journeys anthology produced by Scottish Book Trust for Book Week Scotland 2015.

I’ve written and performed stand up comedy and have read my poems, fiction and narrative nonfiction at various reading events across Scotland and beyond.

At the moment I’m particularly interested in the female gaze and voice, colours, place, memory and loss.

Increasingly I use visuals as a form of prompts, notes and workings out for my writing. I have no taught skills in photography and just take pictures of what I see and how this relates to words but I would love to explore this more via collaboration. I would also love to learn how to use film to express narrative and am open to any mentoring if you have the skills, time and interest…

Collaboration is a great way for me to improve and expand on the quality and range of my writing so please get in touch for a blether about any ideas if you have them.

My writing section has some examples of work available online. If you’d like to read the full piece if not available, or further bits of work then let me know.

If you need a full writing CV then please email me.

You can contact me via email archieislander@gmail.com or on Twitter https://twitter.com/Archieislander

I have no intention of blogging but will probably obsessively read yours.

Thanks for visiting,


All words and images on the site are Copyright to Clare Archibald unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use something just ask me first.