Alastair & Adaline Christie-Johnston
Shetland Words is the first new Shetland dictionary for many years. It is the result of almost three years painstaking research by Alastair and Adaline Christie-Johnston and contributing editor Neil Anderson, with help and input from many other Shetland dialect enthusiasts. The result is an easy to use and informative compilation of Shetland words, which for the first time, attempts to differentiate between words believed to be of Norn origin (printed in blue text) and others.
Photographic images of individuals at their workplace drawn from the Shetland community, a place where the continuity and respect for tradition, engage with the changes and needs imposed by a fast developing world.
Situated at 60 degrees north Shetland is often perceived as being little more than the remote northernmost part of the United Kingdom, but it is a historical fact that for centuries Shetland was actually at the geographical and political centre of a large Scandinavian empire which was made up of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Orkney, Faroe and Iceland. The personal names in this book offer a glimpse of that Scandinavian history and give a fascinating insight into those forgotten years.
Charlie Simpson (Ed.)
Charlie Simpson has brought together true stories from the days of sail and oar, told by those who were there or who had intimate knowledge of the days of which they speak and of the courage, endurance and fortitude of Shetland’s fishermen.
Marja de Haan, Anne de Haan and Hilly van der Sluis
This short book brings the latest research
and ideas to all those interested in Shetland’s rich boat heritage. From
Norwegian origins to the flowering of a distinctive Shetland model, the story of these small wooden boats and their builders is one of staunch island pragmatism and ingenious practical innovation.