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David Gange.

A HISTORIAN who kayaked from Shetland to Cornwall is set to visit Lerwick next month to launch a book about his journey.

David Gange will unveil The Frayed Atlantic Edge at Shetland Library on 9 July.

The book, which is being published by Harper Collins, revisits Gange’s year-long kayak down the coast of the UK and also Ireland.

He sent off in July 2017 and in addition to kayaking he spent time “gathering coastal stories and learning what Britain and Ireland look like from the centres of oceanic geographies”.

The book touches on local archives and poetic literature and Shetland based writers Jen Hadfield, Donald Murray and Sally Huband have been invited to read at the book launch.

Shetland Library manager Karen Fraser said: “David has put together a wonderful programme for us and we are so pleased to host this launch, especially since he is promoting Shetland writing alongside his new book.

“The combination of kayaking, history, poetry and nature will appeal to a wide audience.”

The launch event will kick off at 7pm on 9 July and entry is free.