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.

Please note, there will be no Wordplay festival in 2015. Instead, Shetland Arts, in association with Promote Shetland will host Shetland Noir, the islands’ first crime writing festival which is held in association with Iceland Noir. The event aims to celebrate crime writing by bringing writers and readers together.

Whether your interest lies in espionage, forensics, Nordic noir or traditional mystery, there will be something that appeals.

The list of well-known writers features Scandinavian intrigue from Arne Dahl, Håkan Nesser and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. There’s also a strong Scottish presence from authors including Stuart Macbride, Denise Mina, Alex Gray and of course our very own Ann Cleeves will make an appearance.

Wordplay 2014 Programme

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