In addition to being a highly accomplished poet and writer, Alex was Shetland Arts’ first ever literature development officer and played a major role in establishing the Wordplay festival.
AN EVENT which will give locals a chance to learn more about how they can cut down on their bills and become more energy efficient is taking place in Lerwick this weekend.
A GROUP of feminists staged an “artistic intervention” by installing pink knitted “pussy hats” atop the railings surrounding Lerwick Town Hall at the weekend to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s Women’s March and highlight the issue of violence against women and children.
A FORTY year old man has been granted bail after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court charged with headbutting his wife to her injury.
A LOCAL postman has been charged after mail was allegedly withheld from delivery.
POLICE IN Shetland have renewed their advice to motorists to take extra care and allow for longer journey times as snow and ice continue to affect local roads.
NORTH isles councillor Duncan Simpson has praised local fire fighters who rushed to the scene of a house fire in Whalsay on Wednesday afternoon.
Shetland Space Centre Ltd's Frank Strang said continued interest in the proposed facility from launching companies means it does not need to rely on grant money the government is giving out to kick-start the satellite industry in the UK.
He has now employed a team of five people to work full-time on the proposals and, with the support of Shetland Islands Council, the company wants to open the potential spaceport in 2020 if it is successful in gaining a licence.
POLICE have confirmed that a 59 year old pedestrian died at the weekend – a few days after being injured in a road traffic accident involving a car on the outskirts of town last Tuesday morning.
Martin Gray, originally from Yell, had been treated in the Gilbert Bain Hospital before being airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he died on Saturday evening.
A COMMITTEE of MSPs has recommended that the Scottish Parliament should adopt the general principles behind a new islands bill – and is urging the Scottish Government to ensure assessments of the impact policies could have on islands “should not become a tick box exercise”.
The rural economy and connectivity committee has endorsed the bill - which came about on the back of the Our Islands Our Future intiative by Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles councils - but says it is vital that the actual priorities of islanders are reflected in a national islands plan that is due to follow.
IT'S not very often you get to watch a pantomime which playfully juggles topics like cannibalism and veganism, but then again, local improvised comedy collective The Imposters don't always do things the usual way.
Sure, the panto at the Lerwick Legion on Friday night had all the classic characters - the hero, the dame, the villain and more - but its story and narrative was effectively made up on the spot following a one-word suggestion thrown over from the audience.
The Brent Spar campaign was THE catalyst for stimulating a legislative process that eventually saw the ban of dumping oil installations into the sea and, as a direct consequence, the growth of a decommissioning industry.
A NEW report from the Scottish Parliament's rural economy and connectivity committee has ruled that the Scottish Government needs to treat the fair funding of Shetland and Orkney's inter-island ferries as a "matter of priority".
The report, which was published on Friday, said the government should "satisfactorily resolve it by the conclusion of the current consideration of the draft budget" ahead of the final budget being drawn up in February.
Alex and Mina Williamson were uninjured in the fire on Wednesday afternoon, but their house at the Old Schoolhouse in Brough was badly damaged and they lost most of their possessions.
THE NEOLITHIC Jarlshof settlement on the coast of Shetland’s South Mainland has been given a “red risk” rating in a study of ancient sites that Historic Environment Scotland (HES) says need urgent protection against the risks posed by climate change.
The Bronze Age broch and wheelhouses have survived for more than 4,000 years despite the sea’s best attempts to wash them away.