By Emma Frew
For me, growing up in Glasgow coorie has always meant snuggling in and getting cozy, it always draws memories of cold winter nights and dark skies. There is something reassuring and comforting about the word, something about the oohing of the pronunciation that rolls off your tongue. So when I saw that coorie was no longer just about getting a cuddle I wanted to investigate this new wave coorie movement that had started under my nose
Gabriella Bennett’s new book “The art of coorie” was the obvious place to start. Her book chronicles her journey from up and down Scotland travelling all over to find out herself what the word means to people in modern day Scotland. What she found was that instead of the aforementioned use of the word, coorie is now being used as a descriptive word of Scottishness or rather modern Scottishness. The word describes using what we have here already, our own produce, our materials, our resources and our talent. Gabriella’s stunning book shares some of the best places to eat drink and get Merry in Scotland, the coorie way.
So what is the coorie way exactly? For me it’s being aware of the world around you but being proud and embracing everything that you are. Understanding that where you come from is seeped in your bones. It’s about looking at what we have under our fingertips, realising that we don’t need to look else where for our food, our clothing or our entertainment. Living a coorie lifestyle is supporting local crafts people and artists, jumping into your local restaurant rather than the generic chains and supporting local producers rather than supermarkets. It’s basically living the way our grandparents probably did.
Coorie can be visual, think warm hand-knitted scarfs, ethically and sustainably sourced clothing and warm log fires or it can be an internal thing, helping each other out, making sure your neighbours are ok and rebuilding your community and tribe again.
Reading through Gabriella’s book, I felt a swell of emotion for everything that the Scottish coorie movement is embracing. This is a new, post independence referendum way of life. We got involved, we educated ourselves and we realised we didn’t love everything we learned, so we changed what we could and worked on the rest. The outcome I guess was the coorie movement. Corrie in itself is Scottish but that doesn’t mean that you have to be Scottish or live in Scotland to appreciate it or take part in it. Look at what is going on around you and jump in with both feet, your local towns and cities have just as much talent and local produce as anywhere, embrace it all and you might even kick start your own coorie movement.
The Art of Coorie by Gabriella Bennett is available to buy now.