I am Kirsty… fa kens fit else
I am from Aberdeenshire and studying towards my MLitt in Creative writing at The University of Aberdeen. I also paint, with no training or expertise, just eagerness.
I write very short things, short poems, short stories, because I like everything to be precise and concise. I paint very bright things with heavy lines and bold texture because I like to see the painting and what is happening on the canvas.
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What I do:
In the past I have worked on make-up counters, in a care home, and as a tour guide in a historic building. Now I am a content manager, looking after organic marketing projects including SEO, social media, content, and copy writing, and on the upcoming WayWORD Festival. I am in the final semester of my MLitt course, writing a dissertation on community responses to trauma and grief.
In 2019 I was a founding member of the WayWORD Festival working specifically on the ‘Doric Performers Meet Scotland the What?’ and ‘Untold Stories Walking Tour with Aberdeen Women’s Alliance’ events. I was part of the team devising the concept for the festival, the final events list, and the running of the festival, from email marketing, to ‘The Green Zoom’ our online post-event aftercare. The resulting festival in September 2020 is my proudest achievement and I hope you are interested in the events the new committee are running in 2021.
In May 2021 I went to Edinburgh to participate in a book group reading Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott for a documentary celebrating Scott’s 250th Birthday. That will be on telly hopefully someday never.
I paint mostly for fun and make presents for friends and family. I have taken commissions in the past so if you want to chat about potential work get in touch. I also invested in some spray paint recently to get involved in some street art – watch this space!
For work I do all sorts: supporting The WORD Centre activities at The University of Aberdeen as the WORD Centre Intern; content management & organic marketing for small businesses; freelance copy writing for blogs. I used to be a tour guide and hopefully will get back in to that when restrictions lift and more people get stuck in to local attractions.
What I like:
I like reading Scottish Lit. like Muriel Spark, Leila Aboulela, Lewis Grassic Gibbon. I like poems by Tom Leonard and John Donne. When I visit art galleries I am drawn to portraits by Raeburn and Ramsay, as well as very bright and painterly pieces.
I recently saw an exhibition of work by Charles H Mackie and I loved every second of it – so varied, so bright, so technical and obvious. I am also obsessed with this piece in Aberdeen Art Gallery by Gilbert & George because it is so bright, vibrant and dramatic.
My writing in other places:
Onions is a memoir piece about school over on the Leopard Arts site, one of my favourite places for Aberdeen Creatives. Leopard Arts also hosts my ghost story The Brownie of Blackford Manor, my short poem Phocidae in their BRACE! BRACE! collection, and my history ditty about capital punishment in Aberdeen Picnicing on a Little Hillie was part of their super Paper exhibition.
In 2019 I was awarded the Bobby Aitken Memorial Prize for my doric poem The Ballad of John Leith III by The University of Aberdeen.