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What's On at Orkney Library & Archive


Orkney Library & Archive holds many events, groups, meetings and exhibitions throughout the year so whether you live in Orkney or are just visiting you should find something of interest. Many of our events are even covered live through our social media pages so you can join in from wherever you are in the world. Keep a check on this page to see what's happening over the next few weeks.


Our forthcoming events are:


24th April - 3rd December 2017


Read the Past - Imagine the Future

This seven month Scottish national reading promotion was launched in April at Orkney Library & Archive by Scottish crime author Lin Anderson to coincide with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The promotion will include fiction and non-fiction that celebrates Scotland's rich heritage, history and culture of writing and reading.

Library users can also enter a competition to win a £50 book token by submitting a book review, either by filling in a postcard in the library or on Twitter using the hashtag #ReadThePast17.


19 August 2017


Saturday Slaughters - Kirkwall

Our crime reading group will be discussing Holding by Graham Norton.


31 August 2017


Hurricane Book Club - Kirkwall

There will be a special extra meeting of Hurricane Book Club in the Carnegie Room at 6pm when the group will be discussing Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the discussion.


Book Group Bonanza - Kirkwall

This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in joining any of our book groups or any of the many book groups around Orkney to get together and chat about their sessions, exchange ideas or recommend titles for discussion. It will be very informal and anyone is welcome to attend. There will also be an opportunity to see our vast range of book group titles so that everyone can see what books are available. The Book Group Bonanza will take place in the MacGillivray Room and starts at 7pm.


2 September 2017


Saturday Book Club - Kirkwall

The Saturday Book Club is returning after their summer break. The title under discussion will be The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in the discussion. The meeting will start at 2.30pm in the Carnegie Room.




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