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New Shetlander - 273 Hairst 2015

New Shetlander Cover 273

The Hairst issue of the New Shetlander leads off with the four winning entries in Shetland Library’s Young Writer of the year competition, the junior winners being Merran Ritch and Mairianne Jamieson, and the seniors Freya Hannay and Aimee Scott.

A great deal of space in this issue is taken up by a substantial piece of research by David Waters, who has previously written about wartime activities in Unst. From radar to rubble: the story of radar in Fair Isle tells the intriguing tale of how radar installations were built, manned and defended in Fair Isle, and what became of them. Ten photographs accompany the article.

James Sinclair recently went to Jersey to take part in an ‘Artist Lock-In’ which was timed to coincide with the Island Games. He writes about his experience in Coming to a castle near you, and contributes a poem. The story of one particular fiddle, handed down through several generations, is told by its present owner, Eric Johnson, now living in Dorset, while Davy Strachan recalls some childhood memories of life in Sound.

The magazine is pleased to publish a humorous poem by the late John Graham, On a distant prospect of Gott Public School, possibly written about 1950 or so. Some readers may remember hearing it read. Christine De Luca, meantime, in the highly original Digestin a poem, gives us a whimsical take on Hugh MacDiarmid. There are two poems by Kate Ali, and a crop of book reviews. Prize-winning pieces from the bairns at the Walls Show also appear.

The editorial shares the widespread concern about the current refugee crisis. Da wadder eye is again a youthful one, as Nina Goodlad reflects on modern Fair Isle knitwear, on children’s names, and the lasting impact of the World Wars.

The peaceful cover picture is by Martin Smith of Islesburgh Photographic Club. The New Shetlander is now on sale and costs only £2.




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