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World Book Night 2014 - the reading list

World Book Night 2014

On 23 April 2014, local readers generously shared some of their favourite books at a special event in the Library. It was such a diverse and interesting selection of readings, we are publishing it here as a reading list.

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Kate Ali

read from one of Maya Angelou's volumes of autobiography - Singin' and Swingin' and getting merry like Christmas. (Kate also provided us with cake for the interval!)

Mary Blance

read a short story by former museum curator Tom Henderson - Sailor's Wooing - about going to da Eeela. It came from Scottish Twilight - new Scottish short stories, 1947, Pub William MacLennan. The book contains stories by two Shetlanders, the other being by Peter Jamieson.

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Malcolm Ferguson

recited from memory Hiawatha's Photographing by Lewis Carroll - a highly impressive feat! Available as ebook


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Alyson Halcrow

shared a much-loved classic, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and close to read the three proposals which Elizabeth Bennet receives. Available as ebook


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Andrew Halcrow

read a very entertaining passage from a travel classic: A short walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby.



Nat Hall

read a medley of poems, translating French and English, by two of her favourite poets, Baudelaire and Edwin Morgan. She also read one of her own poems, 'The tip of my heart' from the book From Shore to Shoormal.

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Dorothy Harcus

read a sad passage from Stella Shepherd's Like a Mantle the Sea, as well as a disreputable and funny extract from Lawrence Millman's Last Places.


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Catherine Jeromson

gave a dramatic renditon on one of the Library staff's favourite books - MY BIG SHOUTING DAY! by Rebecca Patterson. This performance got a great reception!

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Debbie Nicolson

read two poems from a Penguin anthology of post-war poetry - Blackberrying by Sylvia Plath and Caring for Animals by John Silkin.

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Morag Nicolson

read a favourite children's book - and she has to read a lot of them in her job as our Young People's Services Librarian - Further adventures of the owl and the pussycat by Julia Donaldson.

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Regina Schmidt

started the evening with a beautiful reading of Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 - Let me not to the marriage of true minds. Available as ebook

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Marghie West

Our American Librarian shared The Great Gatsby - an American classic, the last chapter of which she always reads on 4 July each year. Also a poem from New Yorker magazine - 'Forgetting Clouds' by W S Merwin. Available as ebook

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Genny White

chose a reading by Simon Armitage from the book Seeing Stars. She read the poem 'Collaborators' about a bald man getting a haircut - an intriuging, surreal, and highly enjoyable way to end our evening.



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