Arts / Former weatherman wins Rhoda Bulter award

GEOLOGY tour guide and former Sella Ness weatherman Allen Fraser has won this year’s Rhoda Bulter award for his Shetland dialect short story Mairweet, Mairweet.

Allen Fraser.

The annual trophy is presented by the Bulter family in memory of their mother who was one of Shetland’s most significant dialect writers.

This year the Bulter family had asked for entries on the theme of ‘Da Wadder’.

Speaking on behalf of his brothers and sisters, John Bulter said that it had again been a difficult task to settle on a winner.


“As in previous years, the authors were anonymous to us during the judging. We were impressed by the different styles and types of stories – every entry has its merits and there was good dialect use,” he said.

“The winning story met the brief and flowed well – we found it both entertaining and thought-provoking – and it employed excellent use of dialect, utilising every day and less well-known dialect words.”

Fraser said he felt both humbled and honoured to win the award. He said he had fond memories of both Rhoda and her husband Dennis, who also worked for the Met Office.

Fraser’s story will be published in the Yule edition of the New Shetlander.