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Celebrating the Writing of Orkney and Shetland



Join us at the Shetland Museum and Archives to celebrate the end of the project and find out more about Orkney and Shetland writing past and present. On 10th May we are holding a day of talks and readings, showcasing the work of the Writing the North project.   Come for the whole day, or just drop in to whatever you like.

2.00pm – Walter Scott’s Tour to Orkney and Shetland, with Professor Penny Fielding and Professor Alison Lumsden

2.45pm – George Mackay Brown and Orkney Literature, with Dr Linden Bicket

3.30pm – Language and Dialect in Orkney and Shetland Writing.  Panel discussion with speakers. Chaired by Dr Mark Smith

7.00 pm – Poetry from Writing the North

A poetry reading of all the new work from the project, introduced by the poets themselves.  Authors include: Pam Beasant, Yvonne Gray, Robert Alan Jamieson, Morag MacInnes, Jim Mainland, Alison Miller and Raman Mundair.

This event showcases new works from Orkney and Shetland writers and gives an insight into the creative process. Members of the Writing the North team will discuss earlier writing from the islands and show how it is important and inspirational for writing today.

This is a free event, but please reserve your ticket at Shetland Museum and Archives reception, or by calling 01595 741562.

Jamieson, De Luca, and the North

Guest post by Michael Stachura

“Neither the Shetlands nor the Orkneys […] have yet had poets of any worth […].” So says Hugh MacDiarmid in The Islands of Scotland (1939). It’s an obviously provocative statement, but MacDiarmid used provocation in an attempt to rouse Scotland (and its Isles) out of what he saw as a parochial and underdeveloped cultural context. MacDiarmid is not talking here in general terms about poets who come from the Northern Isles, but about those poets not utilizing the Isles’ distinct cultural and linguistic heritage. …read more >>