Storytelling events

Sponsorship of tall ships, wool week on Radio 2, storytelling events and more…

ORGANIZERS of next year’s visit to the Tall Ships Races at Lerwick are appealing to local businesses interested in support the event for advance.

The races, which will stop in Lerwick from July 26-29, 2023, will be the biggest event held in Shetland for over a decade.

Although it attracts significant grants from EventScotland and the Shetland Islands Council, organizers of Tall Ships say generating greater revenue through sponsorship is key to providing the best possible experience for trainees, visitors and visitors. inhabitants.

Emma Miller of Shetland Tall Ships Ltd. said, “We really want to make sure we extend the invitation to give as many local businesses the opportunity to get involved.”

A variety of sponsorship options are available, ranging from the basic Cadet’s Deck contribution to the full Admiral’s Deck host port sponsor package, while the organizers are also happy to consider a bespoke arrangement should a company wish invest their money in a specific aspect of the event.


A JOINT exhibition featuring two Shetland-based artists is being held at Aberlady near Edinburgh.

Works by Paul Bloomer and Howard Towll will be on display at the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club gallery until 13 November.

The organizers said of the artists: “They both draw a lot of inspiration from the wild nature of the islands, the ever-changing wildlife, weather and light.

“Both also share a talent for printmaking, woodcut and etching in particular, and these form the core of this exhibition.”

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free entry.


SHETLAND Wool Week will be promoted tonight (Thursday) on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show.

In honor of the festival, the theme of the show is wool – people being asked to brainstorm song suggestions related to wool.

People can email song ideas to [email protected] before the program starts at 7.30pm.


THE CONTRIBUTION of Shetland’s fishing industry to the fight against climate change will be highlighted tomorrow (Friday) at a sustainable seafood display at Lerwick Town Hall between 11am and 2pm.

As part of Shetland Climate Week, the event will feature the Fishermen’s Association (SFA) and Shetland Shellfish Management Organization (SSMO), Shetland Islands Council, Taste of Shetland and other local seafood representatives.

SFA chief executive Daniel Lawson said: “I hope as many people as possible will come out to find out more about how Shetland’s biggest industry is tackling climate change.

“We have a modern, fuel-efficient fleet that is committed to sustainable fishing, and the fish has the lowest carbon cost of any comparable form of nutritious protein.

“Every SFA member vessel is enrolled in KIMO’s Fishing for Litter program; our pelagic nets are recycled; and industry is working with the ORION project to research future environmentally friendly fuels.


COMPANIES and suppliers interested in new innovations emerging in the construction sector are encouraged to attend a showcase and conference in Shetland next week.

The event will also appeal to anyone interested in learning more about careers in the sector. Industry experts will gather at Mareel in Lerwick on October 6 for the ‘Innovation and Skills Showcase and Conference’.

The showcase is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be followed by the conference from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is organized by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which along with other organizations will be running a booth to offer advice and information on financial support.


A NUMBER of Shetland-themed events will take place in October as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown and musician Renzo Spiteri will reinterpret 200 years of the old Shetland whaling industry through stories, drums and songs in Leviathan – Boom-Bust-Boom!.

It will tour five site-specific community venues in Shetland between October 14 and 29.

They will collect and share local stories, with the couple retracing the transition from a once booming business to today’s ecotourism, sharing the stories and songs of the women and men who shaped hunting tales to Shetland whales.

People can also discover a history of Shetland dating back to the 800s, steeped in both historical truth and mythical elements.

The History of Auslag: A Saga of Unst (Saturday October 29) tells the story of a Jarl’s daughter, Auslag was an outcast who quickly became one of the most powerful figures on Unst, her home island

Based on Andrew T. Clunes’ Problem with trollsShetland storyteller Marjolein Robertson brings the story of Auslag to life with an event in Edinburgh.