Revised local history book to be launched at the Library

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Shetland Library are partnering with the Shetland Family History Society to host an event of local interest next week with Canadian-based author Karen Inkster Vance. 

A writer, researcher, storyteller, and educator, Karen has documented her family history since she was young.  She has spent the past twenty years documenting the stories of North Roe – the Shetland village where her great-grandfather, Peter Inkster was born.  Now a communications professor, Karen lives on the west coast of Canada.

The free event entitled “A cruel maister, da sea”, will celebrate the launch of the second edition of her Shetland book “Voices from the Past: Stories of North Roe”, originally published in 2006.  

This new edition has been completely rewritten and is twice as long as the original, featuring more stories, people, and photos.  It also has three additional chapters tracing the adventures and lives of a few North Roe Shetlanders and their different paths.

The book launch will take place on Saturday 9th September, at Shetland Library in Lerwick at 7pm, and Karen will share excerpts from her book, offering true tales of tragedy and resilience.  Attendees will have the chance to purchase signed copies of the book. 

Published: 29th August 2023