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 Orkney Arts Society is a registered Scottish charity and is run by a full committee of volunteers. It organises a winter programme of music, literature, drama and visual arts events from September through to the following April.

2013/14 winter season has an exciting and eclectic programme of events. 


Check out the NEWS section for reviews and further information on events 



A writer with strong Orkney connections, who writes poetry and novels, many with a theme of travel, sport or exploration.  He won the 2004 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award for his novel, In Another Light, and has been shortlisted for Boardman Tasker Memorial Prize (for Summit Fever) and for the William Hill 2006 Sports Book Of The Year Award for Preferred Lies (described as 'a memoir-meditation on Links Golf, Mortality and Most Everything Else').


Aberdeen based, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, novels and short stories, who is particularly interested in the relationship between humans and the natural world.  She is particularly interested in bird life and matters of conservation.

Into the Arctic with John Rae: Exploring the Explorer

Local writer, Pamela Beasant, author of the play Long Strides which premiered at this year's St Magnus Festival, will be talking about her researches and the process of writing the story of this extraordinary man.

Pamela will also read selections from her forthcoming collection of poems, "All the redundant saints and angels, (and what they're doing in a godless world)"

7.30 pm

Thursday, 28th November

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

Tickets on the door, £4, £3, and £1 for school students

Keith Gray is the first writer on the Arts Society’s Autumn calendar. He is the author of a number of critically-acclaimed novels for children and teenagers.

MUSIC -                                                                                         

 Piano trio, Contrasts will be visiting  in October 2013.  Cello and piano duo, Y-Squared will be playing in Stromness Town Hall in February 2014, and Scottish Opera will be  bringing a highlights performance in March 2014.


VISUAL ARTS - Our first Visual Arts event for the 2013/14 season will be in October at the Pier Arts Centre, with art historian Bill Hare giving an illustrated lecture on post-war Scottish painting.                                                                 

TO KINDLE A FIRE...Towards the end of March 2014 John Cumming, John Aberdein and Rebecca Marr will choose 6 images and 3/4 pieces of writing which have influenced their own work, and discuss these.

Please click on CALENDAR for further details of all events.

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