Saturday, 25 May 2013

Folk Festival

Well the sun is shining in Stromness this morning and the organisers of the Orkney Folk Festival will be hoping it stays that way to add an extra sparkle to this year's weekend of events.

Yesterday our trip along the street to collect the papers was made through a street packed with folk - many carrying instrument cases. After the unusual quiet during the Hamnavoe's absence, it is great to see the town looking at its best in the spring sunshine and full of folk enjoying themselves.

For those of you unable to get tickets to the festival events or who have been and want to hear more from your favourite acts then why not pop into the library where we have a range of folk music cds available on loan - including many Orkney based musicians.

Wishing you all an enjoyable Folk Festival weekend in sunny Stromness.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Orkney Nature Festival

Today is the first day of the Orkney Nature Festival , a nine day celebration of Orkney's wonderful wildlife and rich natural history. You can see the full programme of festival events here and our Reader in Residence, Alison Miller, has blogged about the Orkney Library and Archive's involvement in the festival.

Festival events take place all over the islands, with a number of events based in Stromness. Friday 17th May there will be 'Something Fishy at the RSPB' office in Stromness, when between 11am and 5pm you can drop in to see an Orkney beach:

 – in the middle of the RSPB Orkney office! Find a wealth of marine treasure – and some things a bit less precious – as well as learning more from seashell expert Alastair Skene. You’ll see everything from the geriatric Arctic Cyprine, who may have been filtering seawater when John Rae was setting sail to the Arctic, to the microscopic components that make up shell sand. We’ll have a display of whale bones and strandline material and if you have a mystery marine object that you’d like identified, please bring it along. There’s also a big message from Orkney school children about the perils facing the world’s oceans and our Orkney beaches from marine litter... you’re sure to ‘pick up 3 pieces’ when you’ve heard what they have to say.

Then from 2.30pm - 4.3-pm you can find out about Crustacean conservation and enjoy a crabby buffet at The Ferry Inn. Tickets for this event cost £10 and can be booked through The Ferry Inn, by calling 01856 850280 or email

 The day finishes with a real treat when former Storyteller-in -Residence, Ian Stephen returns to Stromness for an evening of poetry and tales of his adventures sailing around Orkney and other Scottish islands. We are delighted to see Ian back in Stromness for this event, which takes place at Stromness Academy in the Upper Library at 7pm, and are looking forward to hearing more from this talented poet and storyteller.