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.

Crafty cats

Someone heard me speaking about my intention to have a crafty weekend so they left me this book…

Cat craft

I loved looking through this book – I even learned a new word just from the introduction.  I’m a felinophile!  Who knew…

The truth is my crafty weekends don’t involve skill or artistic ability.  Actually I just make a mess!  This book requires skill – things like sewing or being able to cut something out in a straight line.  Ho-hum…

I did show the book to my cat Maggie, who has been in a bad mood as she has a sore paw.

She was unimpressed.



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.



This morning I voted in #ScotlandsFavouriteBook

Colleagues at Shetland Library thought only being able to choose one from the list of thirty was cruelty to readers.  I was too busy rejoicing in the fact that I wouldn’t have to vote for one of the many books I pretended to study at Uni.


Oor Wullie wasn’t on the list so I decided to vote for a stonking writer in the form of Jackie Kay.  Trumpet is definitely one of my favourite books and this vote has reminded me to read it again.

What’s your favourite?  Make sure to vote – Scotland’s Favourite Book.

War an peace to Peedie Tatties

Members of The Book Group That’s Not A Book Group But Kinda Is A Book Group voted on whether I should read War and Peace.

War and Peace Fear

I lost the vote but I’ll win the war by finishing the book in less than three months.

Meanwhile, I thought we could try out Peedie Tatties which I imagine Orkney Library staff scoff by the bucket load.  A staff member wasn’t impressed and in voicing her disgust at how they tasted said “I thought I had an auld body stuck in da back o me trot.”

No more Peedie Tatties in the Library staff room…



Dere’s ae tragic endings

A couple of weeks ago I wandered over to the Library.

I was wondering what to read.

Thelma smiled her friendly smiley welcome.

I thought to myself – here’s a woman who could make a recommendation.

“I like da auld ones” she said in response to my request for assistance. She pondered for a moment and then said “Dere’s Kirsten Hannah but dan dere’s ae tragic endings.”

“Oh we’ll go for that” said I and we headed off to find our chosen book.

I think it’s important to stress I have not quite finished yet.

Deres ae tragic endings

But I’m ready for the tragic ending.