Screencards, Wordcards and Festival Cards are now on sale for Shetland Arts' ever-popular Screenplay and Wordplay festivals, taking place later in the year.

Showcasing films from Shetland and across the world, Screenplay is curated by Kathy Hubbard, Mark Kermode and Professor Linda Ruth Williams and runs from Tuesday 30 August – Sunday 4 September 2022.

Celebrating literature and featuring an exciting list of guest authors of local, national and international renown for readings, workshops and school sessions, Wordplay is curated by Malachy Tallack and runs from Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 September 2022.

Last year, the two festivals attracted an audience of over two thousand across fifty-two screenings and seventeen talks and workshops, despite facing the challenges of running in-person events during COVID-19.

Highlights from Screenplay 2021 included a guest Q&A feature from director Guillermo Del Toro for a twenty-year retrospective screening of his film, The Devil’s Backbone and two sold-out screenings of Home Made which showcased the work of local film talent. Wordplay 2021 included a great selection of events and sold-out workshops which allowed audiences to learn directly from authors, poets and illustrators including Edwin Morgan Poetry Award Winner 2020 Alycia Pirmohamed, and multi-award-winning author and journalist Cal Flynn, as well as a celebration of established and emerging local authors.

Screencards and Wordcards allow priority booking and entry to all events/screenings at a discounted rate across each individual festival, while the Festival Card allows priority booking and discounted rates across both festivals. Priority booking for Screencard, Wordcard and Festival cardholders is available from 6pm on Tuesday 2 August, public booking from 10am on Friday 5 August.

Screencards, Wordcards and Festival Cards are available to purchase now online at, in person at Mareel or over the phone on 01595 745500 during opening hours (10am – 9pm, Tuesday – Sunday).

Image: Audiences at Screenplay 2021, photography by Austin Taylor.