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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.


29 May 2017


Monday Night Murders (Saturday Slaughters Book Club - Kirkwall)

Saturday Slaughters becomes Monday Night Murders! For this month only our crime fiction reading group meets on Monday night at 7pm.


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


Elmer Day

Join us in Kirkwall, to celebrate Elmer Day, starting at 1:30pm. Make your own Elmer plus other activities for pre-schoolers and primary aged children.


10 June 2017


Saturday Book Club - Kirkwall

Saturday Book Club is our regular library reading group which reads a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. The group meets in the Carnegie Room at 2.30pm. Find out more on our Book Club page.


14 June 2017


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 May is 'letters and communications'.


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.





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