Tom tells his wonderfully rich stories in the Orkney dialect and everyone sits on the edge of their seats to listen.
But when it came to the Q&A from the audience at the end, there was a distinct absence of Orkney voices. Why is that?
This is in no way an anti-incomer question; it was good that people were prepared to speak up and ask questions of the writers and storytellers. You could see that some of those who did had to screw their courage to the sticking place to raise their hand. But - apart from mine, modified by years sooth, and one or two library staff - not a single Orcadian voice could be heard asking questions of the writers. What is that about?
It's not an anti-Orcadian question either. Just a puzzle. Maybe by the end of my time here I'll have worked it out ...
"If I'm waiting to meet somebody or I'm early for an appointment, I'll come into the library, pick a book off the shelf, snuggle down and read a couple of chapters. This is the best library I've ever been to - and I've been all around."
"I read a lot. If I don't have a book on the go, I feel desperate. I get panicky."
Louise's Favourite Book
Louise is Assistant Librarian here. Her favourite book is The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket: http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/jane_brocket/the-gentle-art-of-domesti.html. She's borrowed it ten times with four renewals in the last two years. It covers many different domestic arts Louise wishes she had time to pursue. "I do wonder if I put it under my pillow, if I would learn it all by osmosis." It's available for anyone with a library card to borrow too - if you can wrest it from Louise's hands!
I managed to make audio recordings of three of the writers who appeared at Orcrime, talking about reading, libraries, books. Two more to go. I'll be turning these into blogs when my tecnological expertise catches up with my good intentions ...
Please leave comments at the end about anything to do with reading, books, libraries.