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This year’s Edinburgh Book festival will be graced by not one, but two of Shetland’s resident writers, in the forms of TS Eliot prize-winning poet, Jen Hadfield and, Donald S Murray, author of “The Guga Hunters” (Birlinn 2008). Both will appear at different events on Monday 30th August at the Scottish Power Studio Theatre.

Jen Hadfield will feature at 3.30pm alongside Rodge Glass and Eleanor Thom in a session chaired by Jenny Brown entitled “Exclusive Short Stories by Leading Writers”. She will read a piece of non-fiction on the theme 'Elsewhere' commissioned by the festival. Six days later on Sunday 5th September at 10am, she will will appear at Wordplay 2010 in Shetland, where she will run a poetry writing workshop entitled, “Make it Strange: Dreams and Transformations.”

Later, at 8.30pm, Donald S Murray will appear in conversation with Will Self, in a session entitled “Fresh perspectives on St Kilda on the 80th Anniversary of the Evacuation.” Murray whose book the “Guga Hunters” was reviewed by Will Self, for the Daily Telegraph, said “I feel immensely lucky to be appearing with Will Self at Edinburgh Book Festival, and I am looking forward to the event with great excitement.”

Murray is also delightedly anticipating the imminent publication of his newest book, “And On This Rock: Italian Chapel, Orkney” (Birlinn) which is due off the presses in September and will be launched in Edinburgh at at 7.30pm on 1st October in Valvona and Crolla on Elm Row.

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