The Literature of
Orkney and Shetland

The Writing the North Exhibition

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. Interactive displays will bring to life what it was like to live, to work and to write in the islands from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

The opening is on March 28th and includes a  talk by the poet Robert Alan Jamieson and introductions to  Writing the North and its literature by project leaders Mark Smith and Penny Fielding.

The exhibition runs until May 10th and culminates in a day of talks and readings. Drop-in events include short talks on Walter Scott’s visit to the islands, an introduction to George Mackay Brown and Orkney Literature, and a panel discussion on dialect in Orkney and Shetland writing.

The exhibition and all events are free but booking may be required.  For times and further information visit:




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