widget/exchange-29
widget/exchange-30widget/exchange-33
widget/exchange-31

Arts / More Screenplay and Wordplay details unveiled

Guillermo del Toro.

THE FULL programmes from the Screenplay and Wordplay festivals have been revealed ahead of tickets going on general sale tomorrow (Friday).

The Shetland Arts festivals, which will both be held in September, will offer a mix of in-person and virtual guest appearances.

Programmes for both events can be found on the Shetland Arts website.

Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro will appear virtually at Screenplay to discuss his 2001 film The Devil’s Backbone, which will get an airing at Mareel.

The film festival is being curated by Mark Kermode, Professor Linda Ruth Williams and longstanding Screenplay chief Kathy Hubbard.

The other names due to appear at the hybrid festival include Icíar Bollaín, Ben Sharrock, Tim Barrow, Alistair Morrison, Priya Ramasubban, Aidan Nicol and Yrsa Roca Fannberg.

The programme covers the gamut of filmmaking, big screen movies to documentaries and even a collection of short pieces for young children, while there will also be workshops.

offset-carousel/post-mobile/0

Local clips will be shown in the usual Home Made feature, while Lerwick Lockdown and the recent arts commissions Muckle Stane and Wildie and Lalla will also be screened.

Screenplay will be held between 1 and 5 September. Priority booking is now available to card holders, with general sale starting tomorrow.

Its sister event Wordplay is taking place later in the month, from 15 to 19 September.

The celebration of writing is being curated by Malachy Tallack.

Cal Flyn. Photo: Rebecca Marr

Guests include host of the BBC’s Big Scottish Book Club Damian Barr, and Islands of Abandonment author Cal Flyn.

GP turned writer Gavin Francis, Mary Paulson-Ellis, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Jen Hadfield, Christine de Luca and Donald S Murray will also feature.

Wordplay will also include four workshops: one each on fiction, non-fiction, poetry and book illustration.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

These will be led by authors Mary Paulson-Ellis and Cal Flyn, by Alycia Pirmohamed, winner of the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and by Kathryn Briggs, illustrator of Val McDermid’s most recent book, Resistance.

For youngsters children’s author Alan Windram will host events for primary pupils, while he will also take part in a Bookbug session for under fives.

There is also a comic workshop with graphic novel duo Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers planned for teenagers.

Local work will be celebrated in Writer’s Night, which this year includes the results of the 2021 Shetland Young Writer of the Year Awards.

Tallack said: “One of the many events that could not take place in 2020 was Wordplay. This was a big disappointment to me, having been involved in planning the festival, just as it was to those who were looking forward to attending.

“I am absolutely delighted therefore that, this year, we’re offering both in-person and online events, making Wordplay 2021 as widely accessible as possible.

“I’m so pleased to have had the chance to curate this programme, and I hope that readers from across Shetland will find something here to interest and excite them.”

As with Screenplay, tickets for Wordplay events are now available to card holders – with general sale starting at 10am tomorrow.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 
widget/pd_widget-6widget/pd_widget-7widget/pd_widget-8widget/pd_widget-9

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.