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A PUBLIC engagement event is being held later this month to allow people to learn more about a proposed offshore wind farm east of Shetland.

The developers of the 2.3GW Arven floating offshore wind farm project say the feedback can help shape early plans for elements of its development.

The public event will be held at Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick on 21 February from 2pm until 8pm.

A virtual consultation event will also be available for those unable to attend in person.

Project director Ewan Walker said: “Arven is dedicated to championing economic opportunities for Shetland, fostering investment and promoting inclusivity.

“Engagement is important to us – we want to reach a diverse range of people to inform the development of our plans.”


SHETLAND writer Malachy Tallack has become the new managing editor of Scottish literary magazine Gutter.

Tallack, who previously edited Shetland Life magazine and founded the online Island Review, said: “Gutter is such an important and exciting part of the Scottish literary scene, and the team behind it have done – and continue to do – an incredible job.

“It’s an honour to be joining them now, and to have the chance to help shape the magazine’s future. There may be a few changes ahead, but I’m determined that Gutter will continue to showcase and promote the very best writing from Scotland and beyond.”


WATER charges in Scotland will rise by 8.8 per cent from 1 April.

Scottish Water says average yearly bills will rise by around £36.

Chief executive Alex Plant said the decision on charges “recognises the need for significant investment” to protect services.

“Whilst increases in bills are never welcome, and we acknowledge that cost-of-living pressures remain this 70p a week on average increase will set us on a pathway to recover ground lost over the past two years when charges were set at a level lower than allowed for under the regulatory settlement,” he added.

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SHETLAND Arts has announced that the Wellbeing Writing project is back at Mareel, taking place every Wednesday from 7 February – 13 March at 7.30pm.

Led by Genevieve White, the sessions are about having fun with writing in a relaxed and friendly setting.

They are open to both seasoned writers and first-timers – everyone is welcome, with no experience is needed.

Each session can be booked standalone or as a block. A different topic is chosen each week by the previous weeks’ participants, and last term’s topics included Murder Mystery and Rags to Riches.

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