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Book week events

Matt Dickinson is in Shetland to speak about all things Everest.

SHETLAND is taking part in Scotland’s national book week with a series of events.

Free books will also be given to every primary one pupil in the isles during the week, which is taking place between 27 November and 3 December.

Author, filmmaker and adventurer Matt Dickinson will host three Everest and Beyond events, with the first taking place on Tuesday at the Shetland Library in Lerwick.

He gave a talk at the Mid Yell Junior High School on Wednesday morning and he is due to appear at the Baltasound Community Library later on at 7pm.

Author Ruth Eastham, meanwhile, is holding two talks about her adventure book The Jaguar Trials.

On Wednesday morning she headed to Whalsay Primary School, while the writer is holding a public event at Shetland Library between 4pm-5pm.

Local writer Ann Marie Anderson will also use the week to launch her third dialect book for children, Da Fisherman’s Wife.

Her event, which will fuse together Shetland dialect, music and a “demonstration from some peerie makkers”, will be held on Saturday at the Shetland Library at 4pm.

Adult services librarian Marghie West said Shetland Library is keen to give “everyone in the community the opportunity to share the adventure of reading”.

“If you can’t make it along, remember that Book Week Scotland is the perfect chance to get signed up to your library or dig out your old membership card, to make sure there are books in your house and to take the time to enjoy them by yourself and together with your children,” she said.

Morag Nicolson, youth services librarian, added: “The enthusiasm of both teaching staff and pupils for the P1 family packs makes it a really exciting part of Book Week Scotland, with nearly every school signing up to vote for their favourite book”.