Christine de Luca at the Orkney Book Festival 2017

On this Saturday 11th November 2.30-4.30pm Christine De Luca, Edinburgh’s Makar (or poet laureate) will give a creative writing workshop to which all young writers aged 8-12 are invited. The event will be held in collaboration with Wirdsmit and will take place in the Orkney Library and Archive as part of the Orkney Book Festival. This event is free.

Christine lives in Edinburgh but was born and brought up in Shetland. She writes poetry in both English and in Shetlandic. Her first two poetry collections, Voes & Sounds (1994) and Wast Wi Da Valkyries (1997) won the Shetland Literary Prize. Dat Trickster Sun, published by Mariscat Press in 2014, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets. Her selected poems, Mondes Parallels (Parallel Worlds), won the poetry Prix du Livre Insulaire. Her first novel, And Then Forever, was published in 2011.

Acutely sensitive to the riches and expressive power of dialect speech and writing, and aware too of how quickly languages can be lost, she has encouraged the use of dialect among younger Shetlanders and has written dialect stories for a range of age groups.

Christine was the judge of this year’s George Mackay Brown and Wirdsmit Writing Competitions for adults and young people and will present the prizes at the Orkney Library and Archive at 1.15 and 1.45pm on Saturday 11 November.

She will take part in the Dialect Forum chaired by writer Duncan McLean at 2-4pm in the Warehouse Buildings on Sunday 12 November.

You can also hear Christine reading at the final event of the Orkney Book Festival with Amy Liptrot and Tim Morrison at 7.30pm in Stromness Town Hall on Sunday 12 November

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