30th October 2012
Shetland Library celebrates Book Week
Shetland Library will host three celebrated authors and launch a new audio book as part of the first ever ‘Book Week Scotland’ (26 November to 2 December 2012).
People the length and breadth of Scotland are being encouraged to take part in the first ever week-long national celebration of books and reading, and participate in a wide range of free events. This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves reading, or who knows someone they would like to encourage to read.
The four planned events at the Shetland Library are designed to appeal to the diverse reading public of Shetland with poetry, humorous Shetland dialect stories, a family event with author Elizabeth Laird and an evening with thriller author S. J. Bolton.
On Tuesday 27 November celebrated poet Jen Hadfield, winner of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize 2012, will read her poems and host an open mike session.
Friday 30 November sees the launch of the Shetland dialect audio book Lowrie by Joseph Gray. This book of humorous dialect stories, written to amuse family and friends, was first published in 1933 and has been recorded as an audio book through the efforts of Da Soond o’Shetlan’. A variety of the Shetland readers who helped produce the book will be on hand to read stories, and no doubt a Shetland tune or two will be performed. The book will be available to borrow from the Shetland Library at the book launch.
On Saturday afternoon (1 December), author Elizabeth Laird will read and discuss her works in a family event, suitable for the over-8s, entitled: “Ripping yarns from the past”. There will be a book signing in the library following the event. The author has lived in many parts of the world, and her writing for children and adults has been inspired by her travels.
That evening, S. J. Bolton, best-selling author of the Shetland-based thriller Sacrifice, will present a talk entitled 'Folklore meets forensics - making sense of the nightmare' with murderous music by Milford Georgeson. The evening includes a book signing session with the author.