No sooner had the dust settled from the Orcrime Festival, than Orkney Library was gearing up for Book Week Scotland which runs from 26 November - 2 December. The line up begins with the wonderful Val McDermid
@ 7.00 pm
on Thursday 29 November
Victoria Campbell will be talking to Orkney's children about her book Viking Gold
@ 2.00 pm
on Friday 30 November
And to finish, Rosie Wallace will read and talk about her work
@ 3.00 pm
on Saturday 1 December
All events take place in Kirkwall library and are FREE but TICKETED. Reserve your tickets from the Library. Tel: 01856 873166.
(Val McDermid's event is already sold out, but it's worth putting your name on a reserve list if you'd like to see her.)
Every Writer Must Have His Day
Today is Robert Louis Stevenson's. Happy RLS Day! What kind of a Supper would we have for RLS - if we had such a thing? Readings from Kidnapped & Treasure Island? We could brew up a potion that turns mild mannered Dr Jekylls into raving Mr Hydes. A One Million Dollar Idea! Phone up the Scottish Book Trust! What's that? We already do that for Burns Suppers? Oh well ...
National Short Story Week
To mark National Short Story Week, we've taken over two display stands and set out some of the library's stock of leading short fiction writers: Anton Chekhov, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Bernard Malamud, Raymond Carver, George Mackay Brown, to name a few. Majella who works in the library reminded me too of the marvellous Frank O'Connor. She is going to tell the blog about her love of short stories on Thursday.
One idea we're floating is the possibility of a short story reading group. Something nice about the thought you could read and discuss a complete piece of fiction in your lunchtime.
Tomorrow I interview Tom Muir about storytelling ...