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Arts / This year’s Rhoda Bulter award marks 30th anniversary of poet’s death

The late Rhoda Bulter, one of Shetland’s most influential dialect writers.

SHETLAND dialect entries on the theme of Anniversary are being sought for this year’s Rhoda Bulter award.

The Bulter family run the competition in memory of their mother who was one of the most popular and influential Shetland dialect writers of the 20th century.

She died in 1994, so there is a poignancy to the family’s choice of theme.

The family said it hoped writers will find plenty of scope in the idea of anniversary.

Family spokesperson John Bulter said: “It’s open to interpretation – it can be happy or sad, even happy and sad at the same time; it can be a true story or fiction. It can be set at any time – in the past, present or future.

It’s been such a pleasure over the years to see the standard of dialect writing confirming that ‘Wir Midder Tongue’, which is so much part of our heritage, is still part of life now.

“Mam wid be very blyde ta keen dat.”

Dialect promotion group Shetland ForWirds assists in running the competition. The group’s convenor Bruce Eunson added: “It’s exciting ta see how a great writer fae wir literary past continues ta inspire new writing.

“Shetland ForWirds is pleased ta support dis initiative at encourages new creative wark in Shetland.”

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16, and stories can be up to 2,500 words in length.

The closing date is the 31 May, and entry forms are available from Mary Blance who can be contacted at 01595 694104, 07831 817251 or at

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