Shetland Library Publications

 

Jen Hadfield with Bard Keith Adan

Bards in the Bog - £2

Launched in February 2009, the Bards in the Bog project displays original poetry in Shetland's public toilets. 24 of the first poems selected by Jen Hadfield were published in a book to celebrate the project. It was launched on 19th November 2009 - World Toilet Day - and all profits were given to WaterAid to build school sanitation blocks. There are still a few copies available for sale.

Da Vaam o da Skynbow

Da Vaam o'da Skynbow: Stories of Shetland Music - Tom Morton

Book £5.99.  CD £11.99

108 pages, illustrated, softback.  Tom Morton is a writer, broadcaster and spare-time crofter based in Northmavine, Shetland.

Voes and Sounds

Voes and Sounds - Christine De Luca. [SOLD OUT]

 Book £6.50  Tape £1.50

57 pages, hardback.  Christine De Luca was born and brought up in Shetland, spending her formative years in Waas (Walls) on the west side of the mainland.  Like many islanders she had to leave to continue her education and find work: something of this severing is detectable in her writing. Poems in English and Shetland Dialect [Sold out but can be borrowed from us]

Wast Wi Da Valkyries

Wast Wi Da Valkyries - Christine De Luca

Book £8.99  Tape £2.50

The author's second volume of poems in English and Shetland dialect.  In 1996 she won the Shetland Literary Prize with her first poetry collection Voes and Sounds.

Seasonsong

Seasonsong -Jim Moncrieff

£6.00

78 pages, softback.  Jim Moncrieff's poetry, written over a span of thirty years, has only recently begun to be published in 'The New Shetlander' magazine.  This first collection contains some of those poems, as well as one or two older personal favorites.  However, the majority of the poems are recent writings which reflect on landmark moments from his life and the vagaries of the Shetland seasons which blur the edge of change.

MacDiarmid in Shetland

MacDiarmid in Shetland - Edited by Laurence Graham and Brian Smith

£7.95

83 Pages, illustrated, softback.  Christopher Grieve, "Hugh MacDiarmid", spent nine tremendously creative years in Whalsay in Shetland, with Valda his wife and Michael his son.  In spite of poverty, ill-health and isolation MacDiarmid wrote half his life's work there. This book, the first devoted exclusively to MacDiarmid's Shetland period, gives vivid glimpses of the poet and his family.  It draws on letters, poems, photographs and personal impressions.  Much of it is based on material gathered from the Grieves' friends, and the island folk they lived among. It throws new light on a complex and controversial figure widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the century.

Love's Laebrack Sang

Love's Laebrack Sang - Lollie Graham

£7.95

Shetland has produced fine poets during the past century, and the late Lollie Graham was one of the best of them.  He used poetry to celebrate what was admirable in Shetland and the world. Lollie Graham was born in Stromfirth in 1924.  When he was two, the family moved to one of the new croft holdings at Veensgarth, Tingwall.  He taught at the Anderson Institute, Scalloway Junior Secondary and finally as headmaster of Gott Primary School.  He was a part-time crofter most of his life. He was Joint Editor of the New Shetlander 1956-1988, editor of Shetland Crofters 1986, co-editor of MacDiarmid in Shetland 1992, Hjaltland 1993, and A Shetland Anthology 1998.

This selection reflects in humorous, serious and satiric vein some of the highlights (and low points) of life here last century: it's joys and sorrows, its characters and comedies, and its many echoes that still haunt us from the past

Stones in the Millpond

Stones in the Millpond - Christian S Tait

£8.95

Christian S Tait was born (1940) and brought up in Lerwick, and was educated at the Anderson Educational Institute, then Aberdeen University and the Open university.  She married Harry in 1961 and they moved to Trondra with their family in 1975.  After teaching music (Primary and Secondary) in Lerwick from 1967 to 1987, she became a Primary Teacher and taught at Hamnavoe Primary School.  She began to write in 1987 and retired in 1995 in order to have more time for writing, music, gardening, family and friends.  This, her second book, is her personal response to family letters written from the battle-fronts of the First World War.

Plain Song

Plain Song - Christine De Luca 

Book £10.00  Book & CD £12.50

64 pages, illustrated, hardback.  This is the third collection of poetry in English and Shetland dialect by Christine De Luca.  She continues to draw on her Shetland heritage whilst exploring language in general.

 

 

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