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Arts / Screenplay and Wordplay to return this year

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SHETLAND Arts’ Screenplay and Wordplay festivals are due to return this year in a condensed format.

Both events were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kathy Hubbard will come out of retirement to once again take the Screenplay helm alongside curators Mark Kermode and Professor Linda Ruth Williams.

It will take place from 1 to 5 September.

Hubbard said: “The challenge we have is to deliver the ‘essential’ elements of Screenplay within whatever constraints Covid-19 places on us – and I’m really looking forward to helping to make that happen.”

Writing festival Wordplay will be curated by Malachy Tallack in what will be its 20th year.

Organiser Shetland Arts said it will feature an “exciting list of guest authors of local, national and international renown for readings, workshops and school sessions, as well an opportunity for local authors to showcase their work in a celebration of Shetland writing”.

It will be held between 15 and 19 September.

Shetland Arts programme manager Floortje Matthew said: “I’m hugely excited to be working with Malachy on the return of Wordplay, curating a festival which we hope will bring folk together in whatever way possible for a whole range of exciting events.”

Shetland Arts said both events would run in accordance with Covid guidelines in place during September.

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