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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.


24 June 2017


Saturday Slaughters Book Club - Kirkwall

Saturday Slaughters Book Club is a reading group for crime fiction. The group meets in the Carnegie Room at 2.30pm. Find out more on our Book Club page.


29 June 2017


Hurricane Book Club - Kirkwall

The final meeting of this season's Hurricane Book Club will be discussing The Muse by Jessie Burton. The groups meets in the MacGillivray Room at 6pm. Find out more on our Book Club page.


27 July 2017


An Evening with Louise Welsh - Kirkwall

Scottish author Louise Welsh will be here to discuss her latest book No Dominion which is set in Orkney and is the final part of her Plague Times Trilogy. The event will take place in the MacGillivray Room at 7pm and is FREE but ticketed. Please get in touch with the library to book your place. There is a £2 charge for refreshments.





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