La La Library Land

I’ve been reading our planned programme for La La Library Land on Tuesday night next week.  It looks la la lovely!

I’m MC for the night so I’ve decided to undertake my duties in 101 words.  I’m officially  obsessed with counting words.  It will be lovely though to enjoy some of the wonderful local talent we have here in Shetland.

We’ll also be sharing pictures from the Alzheimer Scotland’s exhibition called ‘Knit and Chat’ which I was involved in as well as launching our recommended reads from our friends over at Annsbrae House.

See you in the La La Library next week!

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13 memories

It’s Friday the 13th.  I’m celebrating with 13 Library memories:

  1. The blue library van
  2. Pretending to study in the old Shetland room
  3. Moments of silence
  4. Old swimming pool – museum – library (annual school trips)
  5. Kathleen Tait recommending I read Charlotte’s Web
  6. People watching with a coffee
  7. The old office on St Olaf Street
  8. Smells of books
  9. Knitting a car
  10. Discovering poetry with Kathleen Jamie
  11. Using it as an office when I was unemployed
  12. Rehearsing plays in the old library with the late Tommy Watt
  13. Always being made to feel welcome with smiles from friendly staff

What’s your memories?  Email me at jacqui.clark@shetland.org

Stories in cards

The number of cards received has reduced but I’m relieved as I never know what to do with them so they end up in a leaning pile of uncertainty.

There are people who I write an annual ‘here’s my life in letter form’ inside cards I send.  I can’t break the habit as there’s something nice about reading the handwritten news you receive in return rather than social media updates.

That’s enough of Christmas!

It’s time to read!

I’m kicking off 2017 with the best title I could find on the shelves –  ‘Hank Hung The Moon And Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts’!

Reading locations

I’ve been spending time over the last few weeks reading lots of local books and poems to help me think about an exciting project we have planned.

Shetland’s literature features some wonderful locations and I think it would be really great to develop a series of local walks that celebrate some of these places which writers have written about.

Maybe you have some ideas?  Why don’t you write me a little note and leave it with the friendly staff in Shetland Library.

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I’ll also be based in Mareel during Wordplay so come and chat with me there.

Reflections apo hands

During my time as Reading Champ with Shetland Library I have had loads of amazing experiences.  One of my favourites to date was an afternoon spent in the company of the local branch of Alzheimer Scotland.

Following that session I wrote a series of reflections which accompany striking photographs by John Coutts.  This exhibition is now running in Mareel till the 4th of November as part of Luminate, which is a festival which happens throughout Scotland.

The exhibition specifically aims to help dispel the stigma attached to dementia.  It was a lovely peerie project to be involved in.

Go see it.

I’m excited

Many years ago, when the idea of an electronic reader would have made me gaff oot lood (GOL) I used to be involved in organising Wordplay.  I remember after the event always feeling exhausted but always having a warm fuzzy feeling of I think that was fun.

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It’s been fun to be part of the steering group for this year and to help plan the return of the festival, which now coincides with Book Week Scotland.

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This means there really will be lots of fun things happening.

I’m excited because the Wordplay programme may be the best thing I’ve read in 2016.

TBGTNABGBKIABG @ Sumburgh

Last night The Book Group That’s Not A Book Group But Kinda Is A Book Group was down at Sumburgh Head with the @xremelightnorth project.  We were on the Sumburgh Head webcam from 8pm and we had 20 minutes to do our thing.

Nat Hall read poems to a stone wall camera.  I meanwhile described what TBGTNABGBKIABG is all about whilst exploring the themes of the Extreme Light Project and things I’d read about light.

BG night at Sumburgh Head

I decided to this by writing on light up balloons.

They often burst.

My nerves have nearly recovered.

More TBGTNABGBKIABG  in September after our little summer break.