Project overview

Waste Stories launched on 17th May 2021 and will run until November 2024.

During the project, we have conducted fieldwork, site visits and interviews at various locations where waste matters – from waste management facilities to farms to beachs. Our sociomaterial perspective leads us to explore the sights, smells and textures associated with waste. We’ve used our fieldwork to identify objects, images and sensory experiences that provide the seeds for participatory story-creation through prose, poetry and visual arts.

The research team has been working with consultants Ron Butlin (poet, children’s author and former Makar of Edinburgh) and Regi Claire (an award-winning fiction and poetry writer), who have provided feedback and guidance as the team produced a series of Waste Stories – fictionalised and fictional accounts arising from the sensory prompts generated in the field research.

We have also been working with students and teachers in the Further Education secotr, through partnerships with Dumfries and Galloway College, New College Lanarkshire and Forth Valley College to create collections of student-produced stories.

During the project we’ve developed a range of collaborations, including the the Solway Firth Partnership, the Scottish Islands Federation Marine Litter Working Group and the Royal Highland Education Trust.