What's On at Orkney Library & Archive
Orkney Library & Archive holds regular events throughout the year so, whether you live in Orkney or are just visiting, you should find something of interest for every age group. Some events even happen online so you can join in from wherever you are in the world.
Our forthcoming events are:
22 October 2016
Saturday Book Club
Saturday Book Club runs in Kirkwall and reads fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres. Each meeting begins at 2.30pm and lasts about an hour. This Saturday Book Club meeting will be held in the Carnegie Room. Come along to discuss or find out what members thought about
Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.
22 October 2016
Sara Bailey visits Kirkwall Library
Local author Sara Bailey will visit Kirkwall Library to talk about her writing and
to celebrate the publication of her debut novel Dark Water,
a psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession. The event will start at 3.00pm in the MacGillivray Room and tickets are free. You can book your place by phoning or visiting us at either Kirkwall or Stromness Library.
24 October 2016
Yap & Yarn - Stromness
Yap & Yarn is the name of our library knitting group which meets in Kirkwall and Stromness on alternate Monday evenings over the winter months. In Stromness the group meets in the foyer of the Warehouse Buildings between 5pm and 7pm. The sessions are very informal and everyone is welcome to come along and work on their own projects, mingle with other knitters, swap patterns and share tips and techniques while enjoying a cuppa. Anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet is also very welcome to come along for help and advice.
29 October 2016
Saturday Slaughters book club - Stromness
The Stromness Saturday Slaughters Book Club, a group for lovers of crime fiction, will meet in the Warehouse Buildings at 2.30pm and everyone is welcome. The title for discussion is Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer.
31 October 2016
Yap & Yarn - Kirkwall
Yap & Yarn is the name of our library knitting group which meets in Kirkwall and Stromness on alternate Monday evenings over the winter months. In Kirkwall the group meets in the foyer of the Orkney Library & Archive between 5pm and 7pm. The sessions are very informal and everyone is welcome to come along and work on their own projects, mingle with other knitters, swap patterns and share tips and techniques while enjoying a cuppa. Anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet is also very welcome to come along for help and advice.
9 November 2016
Kirkwall Poetry Reading Group
The Kirkwall Poetry Reading Group meets between 1.00pm and 2.00pm in the Carnegie Room on the second Wednesday of every month. Supporters bring along poems on a specific theme to read out, share and discuss. You're also welcome to come along and just listen to the poems others have chosen. Poems should be by other poets and not ones you have written yourself. If you enjoy poetry and like the sound of what the group does then do come along and be assured of a warm welcome. The theme for November is 'clothes and fashion'.
12 November 2016
Saturday Slaughters book club - Kirkwall
Saturday Slaughters Book Club, a group for lovers of crime fiction, will meet in the Carnegie Room at 2.30pm. The title for discussion this month is Crash Land by Doug Johnstone.
Book Week Scotland: 21 - 27 November 2016
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. This year we have three special events taking place:
Monday 21 November 2016: We invite you to an evening of poetry with The George Mackay Brown fellowship, which will culminate with the result of the public vote for the favourite George Mackay Brown poem. The event starts at 7.00pm in the Stromness Hotel. Tickets are free and are available from both Kirkwall and Stromness libraries. Come along and read your own favourite poem and hear the shortlist performed.
Friday 25 November 2016: There will be a Shetland Murder Mystery evening starting in the MacGillivray Room at 7.00pm. The Palace Players will perform a play written by 'Shetland' creator Ann Cleeves and the audience will try to work out whodunnit. Tickets are free and are available from both Kirkwall and Stromness libraries.
Saturday 26 November 2016: Children's author John Fardell
will be in the McGillivray Room with a fun and interactive session aimed at 5 – 12 year olds, which will start at 10.30am. Tickets are not required for this event, just turn up and join in the fun.