Karen Cunningham, who also worked as head of Glasgow’s libraries for a number of years, said the role offered a “dream” opportunity to work in the isles.
Shetland Arts' Classical Season for 2016-17 has covered a lot of ground - from graphical scores to Finnish tango. The upcoming final performance of the season may be just as unusual, as the award-winning Dunedin Consort performs an evening of madrigals by Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi.
Love's Fire, Love's Ashes is part of the Dunedin Consort's current tour, which encompasses Aberdeen, Shetland and Edinburgh before finishing up at the Bath Festival.
He was heavily involved during the busiest period in the local authority's harbour operation at Sullom Voe, beginning work there in 1980 in the marine operations department as a pollution control officer.
“IT’S KINDA old-fashioned looking, but also modern.” Lewie Peterson is talking about the distinctive timepiece featured on the cover of his band Vair’s debut A Place in Time, but it could equally refer to the music featured on the album itself.
The title reflects how many of the tunes and songs featured have been inspired by events, people and places that have meant a lot to the band in the past few years.
Founded in 1996 by a number of Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians to play to less-traditional venues and audiences, Mr McFall's Chamber has acquired a reputation of interesting and extremely enjoyable performances.
IN THE second of our new series on Shetlanders living “abroad” and achieving good things, Louise Thomason speaks to Helen Nisbet, originally from Cullivoe and now a contemporary art curator in London.
“Coming from Shetland, from a background that wasn't traditionally academic, or linked to the art world in any way, I often felt like an outsider, with no map or guidebook.”
FOR THE first in an occasional series of articles on Shetlanders “abroad”, Louise Thomason catches up with West Side-raised Gabby Cluness. She is co-founder and co-director of Milk Café, a social enterprise in Glasgow’s southside that seeks to help ethnic minority women to integrate, alongside business partner and friend Angela Ireland.
The crew were called out in the early hours of 19 February 1967 and made their way to Papa Stour, where the Aberdeen-registered trawler Juniper had grounded and was jammed against rocks at the foot of sheer cliffs 200 foot high in rough seas and force 7-8 winds.
AFTER two thoughtful and uncompromising classical concerts, Shetland pianist Neil Georgeson returns to Mareel for his final concert of the classical season. This final performance, Pictures at an Exhibition, looks to be even less conventional.
Fifteen acts have so far been confirmed for the annual four-day feast of superb music, sessions and sleepless nights. An exciting variety of bands from the USA, Canada, Italy, Estonia, Belgium and Ireland will be featured alongside an array of fantastic UK and local talent.
Copies of In Search of Willafjord arrived on Tuesday, just in time for Christmas, much to Maurice’s delight. He describes the glossy, illustrated paperback – being published by The Shetland Times – as a mixture of detective work, social history and travelogue.
Jono Sandilands showed off his forward-thinking Never! and Playable Prints projects at the museum on Friday as part of a monthly night dedicated to contemporary visuals and design.
FOR OVER 60 years the name Jim Peterson is one that was, and still is, intrinsically and endearingly linked with Shetland football, writes Davie Gardner as he listens to the many heartfelt and often hilarious memories friends and family shared during A Tribute to Jim Peterson event at Islesburgh community centre on Saturday night.
Part one of Fair Isle: Living on the Edge, narrated by well-known Shetland actor Steven Robertson, will be broadcast at 9pm next Monday (28 November).
Now, the locally-born musician, director and composer will be returning to Shetland, accompanied by world-renowned soprano Anna Dennis, for the second part of the classical season.
Life Story serves as both the title and the theme; musical pieces from various nations, composers and traditions, woven together to tell the story of life. Shetland News spoke to Neil about this intriguing sounding concert, and what the audience can expect.
The floor of Da Gadderie has been turned into a giant ordnance survey map onto which imaginary islands, constructed from burnt plastics found at various locations around Shetland, are projected.
The English comic, who is known for appearing on TV programmes such as Have I Got News For You, visited to the isles last year to perform a Shetland-specific routine.
COME Sunday afternoon over 3,000 people had visited the annual Shetland Food Fair, a 100 per cent increase on last year's numbers. Shetland News asked food blogger Elizabeth Atia to capture the flavour.
I spent the whole weekend browsing, taste testing and catching up with folk I often only see during this annual event. It's such a wonderful thing to be able to do, for a foodie like me, to chat cake, bacon, coffee and beer with people who are so extremely passionate about what they do.
The Althing had put forward the notion that Brexit is best for Shetland and around 60 people accepted the invitation of the debating society and engaged in a lively discussion.
A MEMORIAL service was held in Lerwick on Friday afternoon for the late Danus Skene. Best known in Shetland latterly as an SNP politician and chairman of Shetland Arts, Skene fitted a remarkable number of achievements in politics, education, sport, religion, music and culture into his 72 years.
The isles-based guitarist and vocalist, who also features in experimental folk trio Lau, will play the Bixter Hall on Thursday 3 November before heading south for a sold-out show at Sandwick’s Carnegie Hall the following night.
The Glasgow-based writer, who enjoyed success last year with travel book Sixty Degrees North, documents and explores islands once believed to have been real but no longer on the map.
Clair Aldington is hosting ‘We think back through our mothers...’ Or do we? at the Lodberrie Traders opposite Bain’s Beach until Saturday (22 October).
"Disney is my thing," he says - while his noticeboard explodes with drawings and goodwill messages. And on the desk is a mug made by a former pupil, who emblazoned her picture on the side.