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24 Islands/24 hours

Shetland Library's events, island by island

The 24 hours of the 24/24 project started at 3pm on Thursday, 11 September 2014

Marsalit Taylor book launch at sea

Off Vementry: book launch at sea by Marsali Taylor

Thursday, 11 September 2014, around lunchtime - Marsali jumped the gun a bit as the 24 hour period didn't start till 3pm, but time and tide wait for no woman. Marsali was launching her new novel 'A handful of ash'.

Gruffalo at the Stones of Stenness

Meanwhile in Orkney...

Courtesy of Flybe, Catherine from Shetland Library went to Orkney on Thursday to help with a big Gruffalo tour, and took in some iconic Orkney landmarks. Orkney Library meantime kicked off a programme of events right across their islands. See Orkney Library's website for more on the Orkney events.

Keith Bergman on the Fetlar ferry

Fetlar, 17.00 Thursday

eBook launch and eBook workshop: Ann Cleeves' Danish publisher, Keith Bergman, launched his dialect translation of one of Ann's short stories, Mystery in the Mold (read it free here) and then Library staff Louise and Sandra ran a free 'Ask us about eBook' workshop to help folk to use the Library's free eBooks and eMagazines.

Jeanette Nowak joins up a new member for the community library

Yell, 18.00 Thursday

Community library launch and eBook workshop: local Councillor Henderson officially opened the new library in Mid Yell Junior High School, accompanied by music from pupils, drinks, nibbles and more eBooks. Councillor Henderson was also persuaded to join the Library by Library Assistant Jeanette Nowak!

Marsali Scalloway Castle reading

Mainland - Scalloway, 19.30 Thursday

Scalloway Castle book launch: Marsali Taylor led the earthbound launch of 'A handful of ash' in suitably spooky surroundings for this witch-themed crime book. Followed by a lot of vargin with special hot chocolate. Photo by A Taste of Shetland

Zoe Strachan, Louise Welsh and Stewart Bain at Northlink

At 7.30 on Friday 12 September, the Orkney contingent arrived on the Northlink ferry. This included Ann Cleeves, writers Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh, Radio 2's Joe Haddow, Stewart Bain from Orkney Library and Shetland Library's own Catherine. We immediately put them all to work again.

Ann Cleeves and Will Taylor on the Bressay ferry

Bressay, 8.00 Friday

'Meet the Author' on the ferry: Ann headed straight for the 8am Bressay ferry, where Librarian Douglas Garden introced her to commuters on 2 crossings and on the Bressay shore. Here she is signing a book for ferryman Will Taylor.

Ann Cleeves with the Isbisters at Burland Croft

Trondra, 9.10 Friday

Burland Croft with the mobile library: Ann Cleeves was whisked of by Shetland Library's driver Elizabeth for a series of short stops. First up was the Trondra croft, where luckily there was proper Shetland hospitality, a fiddle tune and a cup of tea on offer!

James Sinclair in Papa Stour

Papa Stour, 9.30 Friday

Poet in residence: 24/24 was about writing as well as reading, and we sent poet James Sinclair in from 9am to 6.45pm Friday, walking round Papa Stour to find inspiration. He also took in free copies of his poetry books for residents, and some new library posters and leaflets.

Ann Cleeves at Bridge End, Burra

West Burra, 9.40

East Burra 10.25 Friday

Ann went first to the Hamnavoe primary school and ran an event for the primary 5-7s, then on to East Burra and then another short stop to meet folk, this time by the beautiful Bridge End Centre.

Cara, Catherine and the Gruffalo at Shetland Library

Mainland - Lerwick, 10am Friday

The Gruffalo storytime: Gruffalo arrived in the Library at 10am with his enduring sidekick Catherine, to a tumultuous welcome from a crowded library of over-excited little people. The bairns were quite excited too!

Katrina and Louise

Fair Isle and Foula

Meantime, fog meant that Library staff Katrina and Louise couldn't get to Fair Isle for their eBook session, and were very disappointed! We will however get there soon, and to Foula too - our plans for Foula were also scuppered by flight problems.

Zoe Strachan

Whalsay, 10.30

Author Zoe Strachan had by this time reached the school where she did a workshop with primary: "We had a wonderful time writing a story together about a surprise party in a troll swamp! And then we spoke about reading and writing, and we agreed that reading is a magical hobby that lets you go anywhere and do anything you want!

Burravoe school reading Debi Gliori books

Orkney and Shetland, 11.00

There was also an author event that every primary school in Orkney and Shetland could take part in: author Debi Gliori kindly did an interactive webcast for us. Here are the bairns from Burravoe school, Yell reading up some of Debi's books just before meeting her.

Gruffalo visits Muckle Roegues toddlers

Muckle Roe, 11.30 Friday

The Gruffalo reached Muckle Roe Hall, closely followed by Ann and the mobile. There was a great turnout, with the Muckle Roegues playing host to over 20 other peerie Gruffalo fans from round Shetland. Here is the Gruffalo meeting Ollie Jamieson.

Louise Welsh

Yell, 12.00 Friday

Louise Welsh had headed for the Yell ferry, then was met in Ulsta by Mid Yell school's Library Assistant Jeanette, who played host for the day and took her to her first engagement - a workshop with a secondary 1 class.

Guffalo at Mossbank school

Mainland -Mossbank, 12.30 Friday

The Gruffalo continued his travels northwards and arrived at Mossbank school where Learning Support Worker Charles Gear and Head Teacher Pat Brown loved him just as much as the pupils did! This was a chance to celebrate the school's lovely library, which school and library staff worked hard to improve.

David, Alice and Louise in Skerries

East Isle, Skerries, 12.30

West Isle, Skerries, 13.00 Friday

The Skerries ferry deposited Library staff David and Louise on the pier, where they they performed a short poetry recital for a select audience, then proceeded to Alice Arthur's house in the West Isle to offer another eBook drop-in.

Julie Thomson and the Balatsound school pupils

Unst, 14.30 Friday

Ann Cleeves' final event of a hectic 24 hours was to join in a lovely Bookbug session organised by Baltasound library assistant Julie Thomson. As 3pm approached, the bairns counted down to the end of 24 islands/24 hours, just as the day before the Papa Westray bairns had counted in the start of it.

Louise Welsh at Gutcher Goose Cafe

Yell, 14.45 Friday

Meantime just over the water in Yell, Louise Welsh had moved from the school to the Gutcher Goose Cafe, to do an author event for adults. Here she is reading from her latest novel 'A lovely way to burn'. It is the first part of her Plague Times trilogy - the third one is to be set in Orkney.

The Gruffalo in Baltasound

Unst, 17.00 Friday

That might have been the end of the 24 hours, but it didn't stop yet, as everyone including the Gruffalo was converging on Unst for the book launch - Baltasound school held a special 'Meet the Gruffalo' session and it seemed most of Unst came to meet him!

Ann Cleeves book launch Baltasound

Unst, 19.00 Friday

The big moment - Ann Cleeves' national launch of her new novel, Thin Air, took place in the wonderful Baltasound school with a very welcoming and interested audience. The first batch of Thin Air sold out in no time to a packed house and the tea and sumptuous cakes provided raised over £200 for a school trip.

Murder in the Busta House Long Room

Busta House Hotel, Brae 14.00 Saturday

Next day it was time for Murder in the Ravenswick Hotel: like many libraries round the UK, we held murder mystery events using Ann's own scripts - and our events were presented by the indefatigible Ann herself! The Long Room at Busta House was a perfect setting.

Murder in the Ravenswick Hotel: the suspects

Lerwick Library, 19.30 Saturday

And wrap up 24 islands/24 hours - another performance of Murder in the Ravenswick Hotel and a book signing with Ann. Thanks must go to our 4 sinister-looking murder 'suspects': Catherine Jeromson, Debbie Nicolson; Daniel Lawson and Andy Long.

Check Orkney Library's website to find out what was meantime happening round Orkney- this is only half of what went on for 24 islands/24 hours.

More information about 24 islands/24 hours


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