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Richard Osman joins Shetland Noir line-up

TV presenter and author Richard Osman has been confirmed to appear at this year’s Shetland Noir festival. Osman’s first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, and his second, The Man Who Died Twice, are million-copy international bestsellers. He is also well known for TV shows, including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House. Shetland Noir is curated by […] Shetland News …


Live music scene revels in festive season without Covid restrictions

THIS time last year Omicron was the word on everyone’s lips as festive events in Shetland were shelved amid growing Covid case numbers. And in 2020 the festive season – usually laden with end-of-year entertainment and live music – was barren as the country dealt with a winter resurgence of Covid. Many will remember, of […] Shetland News …


Screenplay to ‘go into retirement’ after 2023 festival

THE SCREENPLAY film festival is set to come to an end next year as its team of curators retire. Long-term Screenplay director Kathy Hubbard is stepping down following the 2023 event, as are Mark Kermode and Professor Linda Ruth Williams. Organiser Shetland Arts said “Screenplay itself will also be going into retirement”. Next year’s festival […] Shetland News …


Event aims to generate more interest in Fair Isle chairs

AN EVENT is being held in the Scottish Borders next month in a bid to “turn around the fortunes” of endangered Fair Isle and Orkney chairs. Both of these traditional styles are currently on the Heritage Crafts Association Red List of endangered crafts. Eve Eunson, who is said to be only one of two people […] Shetland News …


Live bands and DJs to help mark Record Store Day

FLICKING through records, thumbing your way through CDs – for many, there’s a certain magic when it comes to music shopping. For some in Shetland that magic comes with a strong whiff of nostalgia, harking back to the likes of Clive’s Record Shop, which shut up shop in 2011. But a not-for-profit pop-up record shop […] Shetland News …


Plenty of entrants for 40th young fiddler competition

MORE than 70 musicians have entered this year’s Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year competition. The event will take place at Mareel in Lerwick on 22/23 April, and tickets are due to go on sale today (Friday). The competition will celebrate its 40th anniversary, with Margaret Robertson winning the inaugural event back in 1982. This […] Shetland News …


Smorgasbord of talent announced for much-missed folk festival

A HOST of local and visiting artists have been announced for the 40th Shetland Folk Festival, which is set to take place after two years of Covid postponements. The return of the festival between 28 April and 1 May will be music to the ears of many in the isles. Scottish musician Dougie MacLean, who […] Shetland News …


From Burra to Malmö for local artists

WORK from three local artists is now on show in a leading centre for design and crafts in Sweden. The artwork was produced at the Gaada centre in Burra. The exhibition That’s RISO!, hosted at the Form/Design Center in Malmö, brings together risograph artworks from artists, illustrators, designers and activists across the globe. Featured in […] Shetland News …


Cleeves cuts ribbon to reopen ‘magnificent’ refurbished library

THE AUTHOR of the novels that spawned the global hit TV crime drama Shetland cut the ribbon to officially declare the new public library in Lerwick open on Saturday morning. Ann Cleeves said the eight books and ensuing series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez would never have existed had she not been invited to give a […] Shetland News …