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Taking a break from the usual Wordplay (which will return in 2020) we are sharing a different literary celebration this year built around the concert, workshops and installation of 365: Stories and Music, a major new collection of Scottish contemporary literature and music in one interactive sound-art installation, launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year and touring to Mareel in November.

We round off this celebration with a special event to celebrate the creativity within our isles. Hear from a variety of Shetland writers in an evening featuring poetry, prose and spoken word from across Shetland in this open mic night. 

Hosted by author John Goodlad (The Cod Hunters), this event also celebrates our local writers’ groups, who meet regularly to work on their pieces together. They share ideas, encourage and give critiques, and develop their skills and techniques. Many of these writers have published works in anthologies, or their own collections and novels. Some of the groups have even published Writers’ Group collections. This event gives us the chance to hear new work from these talented local writers.