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Arts / Author of Cod Hunters shortlisted for national award

THE AUTHOR of a book which traces the history of Shetland’s cod hunters says he is “delighted and surprised” after learning that it has been shortlisted for this year’s Mountbatten awards.

John Goodlad, a former chief executive of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association, spent several years researching the fascinating story of the local fishermen who, in the 19th and early 20th century, ventured into Faroese and Icelandic waters to catch cod.

Shetland Amenity Trust published Goodlad’s The Cod Hunters in May 2018.

Goodlad’s book is one of 11 nominated in the ‘best book’ category at the annual maritime media awards.

There are also categories for best journalism, best television or film production and best use of digital media.

The winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony at 7pm on Thursday 29 October. It can be followed via the maritime Foundation’s YouTube channel.

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