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Wordplay well under way

Writer and broadcaster is Saturday's Wordplay guest speaking about her new book Life of Pee. Pic. Shetland Arts

WITH Shetland Arts annual book festival Wordplay now well under way, the art agency promises a “fantastic line up” for this weekend, featuring Scottish Opera, Sally Magnusson, and Christine De Luca.

On Saturday evening, broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson will appear in the Mareel auditorium to talk about her book Life of Pee and answer questions from the audience.

Scottish Opera are staging three performances of A Little Bit of Northern Light, a show, tailored for bairns aged between four and eight. The show lasts for half an hour and features a storyteller, two instrumentalists and a singer. It tells the story of the re-commissioning of a lighthouse on an island.

Tickets are also still available for Horace the Haggis, a show also for the kids.

Other events include appearances by literary luminaries such as John Burnside and Robin Robertson, both of whom are winners of the Forward Prize for poetry.

Sunday will see readings by Rodge Glass, author of Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs, and Neil Butler who has recently published The Roost, a collection of short stories which has been described as Shetland’s answer to Trainspotting, and has received excellent reviews.

The festival will end with a reading chaired by local broadcaster Mary Blance, which will feature Karin Altenberg and Christine De Luca.

Shetland Arts literature development officer Donald Anderson said: “We are delighted with the way Wordplay has been going so far this year.

“Mareel is proving to be an excellent venue and already there has been feast of lively readings, discussion and debate and this seems set to continue over the coming weekend.”