Welcome to the Ties to the Tay Project

University of Dundeeteh River Tay from the Tower Building

Welcome to the Ties to the Tay blog. This  site provides information about activities and ongoing research related to the Ties to the Tay project, which is a collaboration between an interdisciplinary group of academics at the University of Dundee, the Nethergate Writers, artists, and community organisations.



The project aims to explore the changing relationships with, and representations of, the River Tay and its surrounding environs. Drawing on the work of creative writers, artists, film makers and many others, we hope to engage, document, create and celebrate diverse Ties to the Tay.


Watermarks-Nethergate Writers


Through the process of storytelling we will investigate how we produce and challenge connections to places, and how we formulate new relationships with various landscapes. To begin this journey we are drawing on Watermarks–a new collection of poems and short stories related to the theme of the River Tay–produced by the Nethergate Writers. (The Nethergate Writers Blog provides further information about the group, as well as their related Nethergate Writers Twitter feed.)




The project is coordinated by Susan Mains, Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Dundee.




This project has been made possible with financial support from Geography (School of Environment, University of Dundee), the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR, University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute) and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

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