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.
Now in its 7th year, Shetland Wool Week shows no signs of getting old. The internationally acclaimed festival's official launch ceremony, held in the Clickimin bowls hall on Sunday night, was a cosy hubbub of all things knitting and textiles, with food and music thrown in for good measure, writes Louise Thomason.
The evening began with a slightly delayed welcome by the Lerwick Jarl Squad, before speeches from the festival organisers got underway.
Guitarist and vocalist Magnus Bradley chomps on a bag of seeds, while bassist Adam Priest is chilling out in his work clothes. Considering what’s about to come next weekend, it truly feels like the calm before the storm.
THE INAUGURAL FestiYell saw some of the best weather that Shetland can offer in September and many people have had a tremendous weekend enjoying the chance to see what Yell has to offer, writes Linsey Nisbet.
The event has been in the planning for six months, and much hard work and enthusiasm produced a well-organised sequence of events for everyone to enjoy. Very welcome is the use that has been made of each area of Yell, with events taking place in most of the island’s communities.
ISLAND Home is the appropriate theme of the first concert of Shetland Arts’ 2016-17 classical season, writes Alex Garrick-Wright, as Shetland pianist Neil Georgeson returns home to the isles for an intimate piano recital.
BEFORE the tenth annual Screenplay Film Festival opened, the organisers said they had tried to make this year the biggest yet, writes Alex Garrick-Wright. Now, as the festivities draw to a close after a full week of screenings, guests, Q&As and events, it’s safe to say they managed just that.
In addition to having their first album in the can and set for release shortly, the fiddle collective – spearheaded by Margaret Robertson – are set to pen a contract tying them to the Edinburgh tattoo for the next decade, with trips to the Gulf in 2018 and China in 2020 set to follow.
Kevin, who made his name in various guises as a member of Fiddlers’ Bid, Session A9, Boys of the Lough and more recently the Nordic Fiddlers’ Bloc, launched the 100-minute tuition DVD at Mareel on Sunday.