16 – 27 November 2016
Shetland Arts’ annual book festival has been running since 2001. Welcoming writers of local, national and international renown, Wordplay features a mix of readings, writing workshops, children’s events, and book signings. Wordplay offers a unique opportunity for readers and writers to meet with their favourite authors, hear them read their work, and answer questions.
in 2016 festival returns after a one year break to make way for last years’ crime writing festival Shetland Noir. The programme has been put together with a steering group made up of stakeholders from the local literary scene and is being held in conjunction with Shetland Library, and timed around Book Week Scotland Celebrations. This year the focus is on putting the ‘Play’ into wordplay, highlighting the range of things that can be done with the written word!
This year’s festival features an exciting mix of local and national names including Scots Makar Jackie Kay, much loved children’s author Debi Gliori and Between Islands authors Kevin MacNeil (Western Isles), Alison Miller (Orkney) and Roseanne Watt (Shetland). The wide ranging programme celebrates the diversity of the written word with a variety of events, talks and workshops for all ages. Other highlights include a comic book creation masterclass with Edward Ross, creator of the graphic novel Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film, networking events for local writers, the award winning Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare, illustrated by local artist Jane Matthews, an exploration of Film Poems with Roseanne Watt, novel writing workshops with Orcadian author Alison Millar, a songwriting workshop with Carol Jamieson and the return of the ever popular Poetry Skelp.