Rashy Bulder Efter Rashy Bulder: Orkney Dialect Handed Down

Guest post by Alison Miller

A year or so before he died my uncle told me of a piece of Orkney dialect that had tickled his father, my grandfather, who had preserved it intact. My uncle told me the circumstances in which it was uttered: a man from a farm near Viewfield where my grandfather was a dairy farmer came by one day. He may have been looking for peats. He delivered the piece of language my grandfather kept. …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 >>

Christina Costie


Christina Mackay Costie was born in Kirkwall on the 6th of August 1902. She grew up with her parents, a sister, and a brother on St Catherine’s Place, and attended Kirkwall Grammar School (then, Kirkwall Burgh School). She later moved to Willowburn Road, where she remained with her sister for the rest of her life. …read more >>

Rediscovering Robert Rendall

Guest post by Simon Hall

The Orkney poet Robert Rendall (1898-1967) loved European travel almost as much as he loved his home islands. The antithesis of the parochial islander, he travelled extensively, sampling the cultures of Germany, France and Switzerland. He made no fewer than nine trips to Italy, and it was on one of these visits that he and a travelling companion stood on the Palatine Hill, surveying the glories of the city of Rome. ‘Hid’s bonny’, conceded the poet, ‘but hid’s no a petch on Birsay!’ …read more >>