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News / Elsbeth’s whirlwind tour

Elsbeth Stewart Clark signs a copy of her book Robin's Red Christmas for three-year-old Filip and Sonia Poniecki, aged eight, in the Aywick Shop at the start of her book signing tour of the isles – Photo: Charlie Inkster

SINGER songwriter Elsbeth Clark is embarking on a whirlwind tour of the isles over the next two weekends to promote her first ever book.

Robin’s Red Christmas is a children’s book, which can also be enjoyed by adults, the author said.

Robin is doing well for himself, running his own business making robin wing wear, but he breaks the rules of the business, and things go downhill from there.

“I wanted to do a story based on not taking things for granted, because I think we are all getting sometimes caught up in things that don’t matter,” she said, explaining her motivation behind writing the book.

“There is a message in there not just for bairns but also for grown ups.”

Illustrated by her friend Rachel Stewart and published with the help of the self publishing company Matador, Clark launched the book at the Aywick shop, in Yell last weekend.

She continues her tour on Saturday when she will be signing copies in the i’i shop in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre between 10 and 1pm, before heading to Unst where she is due to give a reading in Muness Castle, part of the Unst Winter Festival, at 5.30pm.

Incredibly, after that she will race south again to appear as part of a Christmas concert in the Bigton the same night.

The following Saturday she will give a reading in the Bixter hall at 10am, then do the same again in the Lerwick Library at 11.30am before heading to her native Whalsay where there will be a book signing in the Symbister Shop between 3 and 4pm.

Priced at £9.99, Robin’s Red Christmas is available from the ii Shop and the Shetland Times bookshop, both in Lerwick, all the Yell shops, the Symbister shop, and directly from the author at 


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