Murder Mysteries and Music From Shetland
On July 1st the Islay Arts Association will present a unique evening’s entertainment. One of Britain’s best-known, award-winning and most respected crime writers, Ann Cleeves (author of the books behind the TV series “Shetland” and “Vera”) and renowned Shetland Fiddle player Cathy Geldard join forces to take us on a seasonal journey through Shetland via readings from Ann’s acclaimed “Shetland” novels and Cathy’s sublime Shetland fiddle tunes.
It will be a fascinating evening of interwoven, Shetland anecdotes, insights into the creation and ending of the Shetland novels and the influences of Shetland on Cathy’s music. Readings from Ann’s books will be punctuated by specially selected Shetland tunes including the piece of music “A Tune For Jimmy Perez” written by Cathy to commemorate “Wild Fire” – the final book in the Shetland crime novel series.
There will be an opportunity for a question and answers session during the evening and Ann’s books will be on sale, signed by the author.
About Ann: With over a million copies sold worldwide and over 30 novels published, Ann Cleeves is one of Britain’s most successful crime fiction novelists. Her books have been translated into 30 languages and her TV dramas are shown all over the world. Her novel, “Raven Black”, was awarded the the richest crime-writing prize in the world: the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel in 2006. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. She was the chair of the 2015 Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. In 2017 she was presented with the Diamond Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association, the highest honour in British crime writing. Ann has received two honorary awards of Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) from the University of Sunderland in 2014 and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University in 2018. She was guest on “Desert Island Discs” in early 2019.
About Cathy: Catherine grew up performing and playing in sessions on the Shetland Isles. She began learning the fiddle at age 5 before winning the local fiddle competition at 11. She was also one of the first people to complete grade 8 in traditional fiddle. Catherine moved to the North East 7 years ago to complete an undergraduate and then a master’s degree in composition and performance at Newcastle University. She now teaches fiddle in schools across the North East of England and is involved in teaching at Shetland’s Fiddle Frenzy. In addition to teaching, Catherine is also a regular performer across the UK and overseas.
Join us for this special evening event, starting at 7.30pm at the Round Church, Bowmore. There will be a mid-session interval with complimentary refreshments.
Tickets will be available on the door at £8.00, school-age children free.