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Wide Range Of Autumn And Winter Courses On Offer


Around now, many folk in Shetland look forward to learning a new skill over the autumn and winter months, and the new evening class programme doesn't disappoint.

All the tutors – some of them taking part for the first time – are keen to share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm in local communities right across the islands. In the northernmost island of Unst, for example, courses range from Mindfulness Meditation to singing sessions based on the songs of Simon and Garfunkel. Someone in the island of Yell may want to learn rug-making or work on advanced spreadsheets.

Variety is the key wherever courses are being offered. In the central mainland and Lerwick, options include African drumming, the BHS Horse Owner's Certificate, sound engineering or portraiture. Several languages are represented and traditional skills feature strongly, for instance drystane dyking, Fair Isle knitting and Shetland lace. The course leaders are well-qualified and some are nationally known, such as Dr Simon Clarke, who leads historical courses or Jen Hadfield, a former winner of the TS Eliot Prize, who is presenting literature and poetry sessions.

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