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Issue Number 266 - Yule 2013

New Shetlander cover 266 - Yule 2013

The Yule issue of the New Shetlander, Number 266, offers a feast of writing. As often seems to happen at Yule, short stories predominate, both factual and fictional. Joe Kay leads off with a vivid piece of real-life drama from his days as a young fisherman: A close call on the Flat Eighties.  Annie Broon writes Ee Yöl night, a striking account of a home birth. The final prizewinning entry in Shetland Library’s 2013 Young Writer competition appears: Haes du nae sock? Written by the joint Senior Young Writer Julie Dennison, who also won the dialect writing prize, it is a lightsome tale for bairns. 

The title of Derick Herning’s true story A tale o fowr nails gives little away. It is a clear reminder of the days when East European klondykers were frequent visitors to Lerwick and when Derick’s interpreting skills were in high demand – and ends in truly romantic style! Barbara Fraser and Laureen Johnson have also gone all romantic, this time in humorous fiction. Barbara recounts the story of Da rubber buit prince (the buit in question being a size 13). Laureen’s Pick-up is a tale of a relationship that seems doomed never to happen.

Jacqui Clark’s original drama script brings us the voice of Da makker, chatty and engaging, who knits as she recounts her life story. The piece was part of the March 2013 ‘Ignition’ project.

As usual, the magazine features a variety of poems. Some of them, too, tell stories, notably Christian Tait’s fun poem Santie’s present, and Joan Fraser’s sharply detailed picture of Leaving Papa Stour, 1864.  

Da wadder eye looks reflectively at recent local events; S.G. Irvine compares weather this year with that in 1947. The editorial is concerned with the conduct of politics at national level.     

Finally, Ian Tait’s major contribution is sure to interest many readers, especially those now gearing up for Up Helly Aa in Lerwick. Ian has been researching The Docks’ boys’ galleys from 1903-1911. These were not Viking galleys; they were models of other kinds of ship, made painstakingly by the young carpenters’ apprentices at the Docks. Ian’s article is well provided with photographs of these impressive vessels, and he also includes details of yet more galleys built by ‘peerie guizers’ in different parts of town. An important, often forgotten, part of the history and development of Up Helly Aa is explained and brought to life in Ian’s article.

The Yule cover picture is the atmospheric ‘Moonlit croft, Waas’, by Anne Bain. The New Shetlander is priced at £2.

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