Project Title: Scottish gang culture memoir in practice as research and an exploration of traumatic lived experience in contemporary Scottish literature in critical study
About Graeme’s Research
This work will be an autobiographical writing on Scottish gang culture in practice as research. It will be written in West Central Scots dialect and focused within North Lanarkshire in the 2000s. Its critical component will consider trauma as a thematic connective tissue between contemporary Scottish writings; and how it is explored and represented through language. The UK Trauma Council defines trauma as ‘the way that some distressing events are so extreme or intense that they overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, resulting in lasting negative impact’. Trauma is acknowledged as a complex psychological phenomenon with a variety of causes and manifestations. This work is not a scientific psychological examination but will consider trauma as a common theme within literary works and how these experiences are recounted and expressed through literary craft of contemporary Scottish writings.