Arts / Library to host to varied programme of Book Week events

SHETLAND Library is “celebrating the joy of sharing stories and books” over the coming days with a series of Book Week Scotland events.

To kick things off author and military historian Jon Sandison will appear at the Lerwick library on Wednesday night this week between 7pm and 8pm.

He will relay soldiers’ stories of the first and second World Wars, and touch on the unveiling of the Lerwick War Memorial.

Sandison will also be signing his book That Grim Red Dawn. He said: “It will be an honour doing this. I feel it is so important that the stories of some these men and their generation can be shared, and that they are not forgotten.”

On Friday evening from 7pm to 8pm writer Tom Morton will launch his latest book Holy Waters: Searching for the Sacred in a Glass.

The evening will feature readings from the book, music, poetry, and “tales too tall to publish” – while it may also feature one or two holy and unholy drams.


On Saturday, from 7pm-8pm, Shetland comedy group The Imposters will bring their comedy improvisation to the library, with an evening of fun centred on books and libraries.

The events are free but the Friday and Saturday events require tickets which are available through Eventbrite or by contacting Shetland Library.

Anyone unable to attend any of the events is welcome to visit the library and pick up a free copy of Scotland’s Stories – this year’s free giveaway collection of stories written by the people of Scotland.

Marghie West, adult services librarian, said: “The library is delighted to be holding these events and to share our love of story and reading. We encourage everyone to come along.

“If you can’t make it to the events, please stop by the library and get a member card to so you can stock up on reading material. Your library card allows you to borrow eBooks, eAudiobook and eMagazines so you can visit the library online as well as in person.”

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