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Screenplay and Wordplay

Screenplay, Shetland’s annual film festival, is curated by celebrated film critics Linda Ruth Williams and Mark Kermode. Wordplay, Shetland Arts’ annual book festival, has been welcoming writers of local, national and international renown since 2001.


Shetland’s annual film festival is curated by celebrated film historian Linda Ruth Williams and film critic Mark Kermode, alongside Jenny Leask. It features a feast of film screenings, lectures and panel discussions involving national and international film industry professionals and film academics. Screenplay also has a strong local flavour, provided by the work of local film makers of all ages, and an outreach programme taking in community halls and education.


Welcoming writers of local, national and international renown, Wordplay features a mix of readings, writing workshops, children’s theatre events and book signings. It offers a unique opportunity for readers and writers to meet their favourite authors, hear them read their work and ask questions.

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