More details on the scenario and the pun revealed


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THE FULL PROGRAM for the Scenario and Word Game festivals has been unveiled ahead of general ticket sales tomorrow (Friday).

The Shetland Arts Festivals, which will both be held in September, will offer a mix of in-person and virtual appearances.

The programs for both events are available on the Shetland Arts website website.

Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro to appear virtually on Screenplay to discuss his 2001 film The backbone of the devil, which will be broadcast in Mareel.

The film festival is hosted by Mark Kermode, Professor Linda Ruth Williams and longtime director of screenplay Kathy Hubbard.

Other names due to appear at the hybrid festival include Icíar Bollaín, Ben Sharrock, Tim Barrow, Alistair Morrison, Priya Ramasubban, Aidan Nicol and Yrsa Roca Fannberg.

The program covers the whole gamut of cinema, from big screen films to documentaries and even a collection of short films for young children, while there will also be workshops.

Local clips will be displayed in the usual Home Made function, while Lerwick Lock and recent artistic commissions Muckle stane and Wildie and Lalla will also be screened.

The scenario will take place from September 1 to 5. Priority booking is now available to cardholders, with general sale starting tomorrow.

Its twin Wordplay event will take place later this month, September 15-19.

The writing celebration is hosted by Malachy Tallack.

Cal Flyn. Photo: Rebecca Marr

Guests include BBC host Great Scottish Book Club Damien Barr, and Islands of Abandonment author Cal Flyn.

GP turned writer Gavin Francis, Mary Paulson-Ellis, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Jen Hadfield, Christine de Luca and Donald S Murray will also be in attendance.

The word games will also include four workshops: one each on fiction, non-fiction, poetry and book illustration.

These will be led by authors Mary Paulson-Ellis and Cal Flyn, by Alycia Pirmohamed, winner of the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and by Kathryn Briggs, illustrator of Val McDermid’s most recent book, Resistance.

For the younger ones, children’s author Alan Windram will host events for elementary school students, while he will also participate in a Bookbug session for the under-fives.

There is also a comic book workshop with graphic novel duo Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers intended for teenagers.

Local work will be celebrated at Writer’s Night, which this year features the results of the 2021 Shetland Young Writer of the Year Awards.

Tallack said: “One of the many events that couldn’t happen in 2020 was the pun. It was a big disappointment for me, having been involved in the planning of the festival, as well as for those who were looking forward to attending.

“So I’m absolutely thrilled that this year we’re offering in-person and online events, making Wordplay 2021 as accessible as possible.

“I am very happy to have had the chance to organize this program, and I hope Shetland readers will find something here that will interest and excite them.

As with Scenario, tickets for Wordplay events are now available to cardholders – with general sale starting at 10am tomorrow.

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