Full Programmes for Wordplay & Screenplay 2013 Released this Week
22 August 2013
Shetland Arts has today released online
the complete programme for its annual Book Festival, Wordplay 2013,
running from 31 August to 8 September. The full programme for
Screenplay 2013, Shetland Arts' annual Film Festival which runs at
the same time, will be released online tomorrow. Tickets for events
at both festivals will be available to purchase from Friday this
week (23 August), with a special early bird concession rate
available for those who book their tickets to Wordplay events
before midnight on Thursday 29 August.
Shetland Arts' Literature Development
Officer, Donald Anderson, said: "This year Wordplay has taken a
slightly more relaxed form, spreading out over two weekends.
Although the second weekend is largely dominated by Screenplay,
there will be some choice cuts for book fans as well!"
Not least among these will be an
appearance by Chris Mullin, former Labour Minister, novelist and
celebrated diarist. He has been described by Oona King in The Times as "… a
creature the public does not think exists: an honest politician,"
and by Matt D'Ancona in The Evening Standard as
someone who "…will join Chips Channon, Duff Cooper and Alan Clark
in the pantheon of truly great diarists." He will be presenting A View From the Foothills: The
Diaries of Chris Mullin, which chart the rise and fall of New
Coming from a similar direction will be
hard travelling Professor Will Kaufman, who returns to Shetland
with his new show, The
Long Road to Peekskill. In this he presents, via pictures and
songs the sometimes harrowing story of Woody Guthrie's journey from
Oklahoma racist to a champion of civil rights. Kaufman is Professor
of American Culture and Literature at the University of Lancaster,
the author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical, and a fine singer
and guitarist who has performed at Glastonbury as well as various
Literature Festivals in the UK and Europe.
Other attractions include Esther Freud,
author of Hideous
Kinky (short listed for John Llewellyn Lewis Prize), the film
of which stars Kate Winslett and will be shown during Screenplay.
Esther will be reading from and talking about her most recent
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a
science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger - the
co-editor of Boing
Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of the bestselling Tor
Teen/HarperCollins UK novel Little Brother. His
latest young adult novel is Homeland, his latest
novel for adults is Rapture of the Nerds. He
will appear in Screen 2, Mareel, at 10am on Saturday morning, to
read from and talk about Homeland.
The final event at Wordplay 2013 will be
an appearance by story teller, poet and novelist Ian Stephen who
will give a performance of story-telling as well as reading some of
his poetry. Ian is currently in Shetland for a Creative Writing
Residency, with Shetland Primary Schools. The residency is run by
Shetland Arts, in partnership with SIC Creative Links and The
Scottish Book Trust.
Donald Anderson said: "The line- up for
the second weekend of Wordplay is eclectic and of the highest
quality. I believe it will appeal to a wide range of people: lovers
of the word, written, spoken and sung."
To find out more about Wordplay's partner
festival, Screenplay - the annual Shetland film festival - please
this media release or keep an eye on
shetlandarts.org/screenplay for the launch of the
digital programme tomorrow (22 August).
On Friday this week (23 August) tickets for events at the two
festivals will be available for purchase via Shetland Box