The early death of the dearly-loved Fair Isle poet and musician on August 4th has shocked the community of Shetland and, coming at a time when appreciation of her work was growing ever more widespread, the wider arts scene in the north. …read more >>
Guest post by Katherine Wright
Mary Brunton, evangelical novelist and author of the literary sensation of 1811, was born in Orkney in 1778. She published two novels, Self Control (1811) and Discipline (1814). Emmeline, her unfinished novel, was published posthumously in 1819. …read more >>
The idea for Walter Scott’s The Pirate, set on Orkney and Shetland, started with Lord Byron’s hugely popular poem The Corsair of 1814.
Noticing the success of Byron’s poem, Scott’s publisher, Archibald Constable, prompted …read more >>