Reading and Writing

Book Groups

The Library runs or supports several book groups.  We are also delighted to supply books for the many independent book groups in Shetland.

During 2020 and into 2021 groups are meeting online due to coronavirus restrictions, but we hope to be back hosting groups in the library before too long.

Reading Sets for Book Groups

Here is a list of some of our books available in five or more copies.

Most of our Shetland books are also available in multiple copies.

Multi-user eBooks and eAudiobooks

Open Book Reading and Creative Writing Sessions

At Open Book sessions people meet online each month, Via Zoom for shared reading and creative writing. Led by poet Jen Hadfield, selected stories and poems are shared by reading them aloud, discussing them and doing some creative writing. In an Open Book group there is no need to read in advance. Everyone hears the story or poem for the first time at the session.  You don’t need to have any experience of writing creatively to come along and you only read or share what you write if you wish to. We aim for an atmosphere that is both relaxed and supportive. Spaces are limited and the sessions are open to ages 16+. Sessions are Free. For more details and to sign up contact:

Session dates are:

Hurricane Book Group

Hurricane Book Club returns for its seventh season. It is a hybrid book club that takes place in-person and online. It’s run jointly with Falkirk, Glasgow and Shetland Libraries.
Places fully booked, but join in online twitter feed @HurricaneBkClub

  • Thursday 30 June  6pm The Party House’ by Lyn Anderson

Saturday Slaughters

Our crime reading group was inspired by Orkney Library.

The group normally meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 2pm - 3pm.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Marghie at the Library on

Next meetings and what we're reading

  • Saturday 9 July 2022 - In the Darkness by Karin Fossum
  • Saturday 13 August 2022 - White Heat by M J McGrath
  • Saturday 10 September 2022 - Date with Death by Julia Chapman

South Mainland book group

This is another independent group which meets via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month.

New members are welcome - contact

South Mainland 2022 reading list

Lunch with Dickens

*currently suspended due to pandemic*

The lunchtime book group - Lunch with Dickens - reads books published prior to the 20th century.  The books are generally by British authors but we aim to include one foreign novel and one children's novel per year, as well as always beginning the year with Dickens.  The members agree to read a set number of chapters a week and meet every Thursday at 1pm in the Library.  If you are interested in joining the group please contact Val Turner for more information Tel: 01595 694688 or Email: