The Literature of
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The Shetland Pamphlet War of 1804-06

Guest post by Pam Perkins

The Edinburgh botanist Patrick Neill didn’t make many friends as a result of his journey to Shetland in 1804.   It was a relatively brief visit:  he arrived in Lerwick on the morning of 26 August and left again on 6 September, after touring Bressay, Yell, and Unst, as well as the mainland.  The fact that he chose to publish an account of the history, botany, culture, and economy of Shetland (first in a series of articles in The Scots Magazine and then as a book) after spending less than two weeks in the islands might not have been a problem in itself, but his harsh criticism of the economic system touched a nerve and placed Neill at centre of one of the more lively pamphlet wars of the era. …read more >>

The Writing the North Exhibition


The Writing the North Exhibition
at the Shetland Museum and Archives

Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Shetland.
March 29-May 10 2014

This major new exhibition tells the story of Northern Islands literature through books, sound recordings, manuscripts and illustrations. The exhibition will guide visitors through four themes: myths and legends, visitors to the islands, working lives, and the sounds of Orkney and Shetland. …read more >>