November 3, 2017
This year’s Wordplay festival looks set to be one of the best yet. With a first-class guest list performing readings, panel discussions, children’s sessions and book signings along with several events for aspiring...
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This year’s Wordplay festival looks set to be one of the best yet. With a first-class guest list performing readings, panel discussions, children’s sessions and book signings along with several events for aspiring writers, it should be an invigorating few days. What a perfect way to lighten up what can otherwise be a dank and dreary month.

Although Wordplay may be our annual literary highlight, I think it’s fair to say that Shetland is a great place for lovers of literature to live, having year-round events for bookworms and budding writers.

Shetland Library plays a crucial role in helping to create a lively and lightsome culture around reading and books. It is a place very close to my heart. When my children were small, the library was our second home, and we were always given a warm welcome by the lovely members of staff (even being offered a lift to the Gilbert Bain when my son attempted some impromptu shelf-abseiling and split his ear open). When my toddlers were having a crabbit day, the promise of a trip to the library usually got them into a more reasonable frame of mind. Fast forward ten years, and it still has a second-home status, although the children like to make their own way there now … Hopefully, our feature will give you a flavour of the warmth and liveliness of this very special place.

On arriving in Shetland, I was struck by how local writing talent was so well nurtured through writing groups and mentoring schemes. This supportive climate has allowed some exceptional talent to bloom. These islands have produced no shortage of writers, as a flick through this magazine will tell you: from the rapidly rising star of Malachy Tallack, to well-loved poets and novelists on the local literary scene, to up-and-coming writers such as Sally Huband (who speaks about her experience of winning a Scottish Book Trust New Writer award).

Of course, writing is just one type of craft at which Shetlanders do very well. This being November (craft fair time) we have some crafty offerings of a different type too. If only the rules didn’t prevent me from entering this month’s competition! I will be seriously envious of anyone who wins the hamper of craft goodies we have up for grabs. Continuing the craft theme, we have the tracks of Wendy Inkster’s life, and a meet up with the maakers and yaakers of Anderson High school.

Of course, literature and knitting are by no means mutually exclusive, as the book Reflection Apo Hands so gracefully proves. It was a privilege to meet Laura Whittall and Ann Williamson to speak about the inspiration behind this project. As Ann pointed out, what could make a better stocking filler than this beautiful book? (Apart from the December Shetland Life that is.)

There are loads of delights to look forward to this month: not just Wordplay, but ballet performances, theatre productions and so much
more. Enjoy.

November 1, 2017

Shetland is a wonderful place and was recently voted as one of the top three places in the UK……..

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Shetland is a wonderful place and was recently voted as one of the top three places in the UK to bring up children and provide the best quality of life for children in the annual survey from Halifax.

To help you find the best accommodation to suit your holiday while visiting our islands, the Shetland Accommodation Guide 2018 edition is out now and available from VisitScotland’s national visitor information centres as well as Northlink Ferries and Promote Shetland. You can also view the digital version online, view Shetland Accommodation Guide 2018 online.

Packed full of information, including brief holiday facts, travel details and some of the main Shetland event dates, we are proud to produce this annual guide to help promote our islands and participating businesses to both the local and tourist markets.

We hope you enjoy our publication and are inspired to book some of the fantastic accommodation available to further enhance your stay in Shetland.

 

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October 20, 2017

We’ve enjoyed working on the Northern Studies publications since 2005 and the 48th edition is…….

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We’ve enjoyed working with The Scottish Society for Northern Studies on their Northern Studies publications since 2005 and the 48th edition is now available. It includes an updated, full colour cover to complement the great academic work contained within this interdisciplinary journal.

This Special Edition:Scotland and Scandinavia in the Early Modern Period is a 96pp, plus cover, A5, PUR perfect bound format and makes a fine addition to the collection.

If you have a book project you would like us to help you produce, we would be very interested to hear from you. We can help project manage the whole process if required and are happy to provide flexible production timetables to keep your publication on track and meet your preferred delivery or launch date.

September 25, 2017

…..asked many locals as the naked (top right) van cruised past. We are delighted with our new van graphics

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…..asked many locals as the naked (top right) van cruised past. We are delighted with our new van graphics and are can now reveal – it’s us, The Shetland Times!!

Promoting our core business of design & print, weekly printed newspaper, monthly magazine and online news portal, we hope our eye-catching graphics (and van colour) get more potential customers talking. And talking to us about utilising all our products and services.

The newspaper brand is very well known but can sometimes lead to our other products and services being overshadowed. The van graphics are to remind all potential clients that our design team and print factory facilities (we have the only commercial print presses on the island) are available to them.

Well designed promotional print products still pack a mighty punch, have an enviable reach and provide great ROI. In this age of multimedia marketing and communication, print retains a number of unique qualities that grab the attention of consumers. By integrating print and online services, we help manage and provide our customers with highly effective cross media packages that can include online advertising, videos and podcast promotions.

We foresee our latest weapon, the green machine, will help us get this message across.

September 22, 2017

Another packed annual full of patterns, essays from designers and authors as well as information on Shetland’s……

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Another packed annual full of patterns, essays from designers and authors as well as information on Shetland’s cultural heritage that past participants of the event have been asking for makes up this third edition.

To enhance the tactile nature and quality of the annual, the cover is now matt laminated which also offers a higher degree of protection too. We’re sure all knitters will want this edition in their collection to help see them through the forthcoming winter nights and see them through the the next Shetland Wool Week in 2018.

September 22, 2017

Our latest publication, “Enjoy Fair Isle Knitting” is launched today at the Shetland Wool Week. We were pleased……..

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Our latest publication, “Enjoy Fair Isle Knitting” is launched today at the Shetland Wool Week. We were pleased to have worked with author Chihiro Sato from Tokyo who has created beautiful contemporary designs with colourations inspired by Shetland’s nature and atmosphere.

Having been heavily involved in the project from its inception, designing the layout, amending text that was translated, coordinating the logistics of proof reading to printing and binding the project for the requested launch date, we are glad to now share and make this fine book available to you.

With the author’s deep respect for traditional Shetland patterns gained from many visits to the islands, this collection of 18 projects will allow you to share her love of Fair Isle knitting and make it possible to create hand knitted garments inspired by our islands.

The book is packed with fantastic photos, diagrams, patterns and helpful knitting notes and instructions is available now at shop.shetlandtimes.co.uk

We hope you do all enjoy Fair Isle knitting.

 

September 5, 2017

We are pleased to have completed various orders for the latest product we offer in our design and print portfolio – digitally embossed business cards with……

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We are pleased to have completed various orders for the latest product we offer in our design and print portfolio – digitally embossed business cards with soft touch lamination.

What’s that? – they are cards on which an area/s of print are highlighted and raised providing an embossed look and feel. The soft touch lamination provides a protective, smooth coating to further enhance the cards tactile appeal.

If you want to make the best first impression when meeting new clients, businesses or you just want your company to stand out from the crowd, this product is the one for you! Call in or contact us so we can help guide you through the design process and provide advice on how to make your new business cards keep on working for you long after you’ve handed them over.

Let’s get everyone talking about your organisation. We look forward to meeting with you.

Client Testimonial

We needed new Business Cards, and did some research into some of the online business card websites...After some frustration etc we found that The Shetland Times was quick, efficient, face to face, and cheaper too!.
Thank you Colin and Isobel :-)
Self Catering Shetland

 

August 1, 2017

Summer time in Shetland produces a host of different local events, shows, displays and occasions that deserve to………….

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Summer time in Shetland produces a host of different local events, shows, displays and occasions that deserve to be accompanied by a good programme to remember them by in years to come. In fact, there are many events throughout the year in Shetland that merit having a well produced booklet to help document their history as years go by.

We produce many different formats of programmes and booklets for these type of events. We enjoy helping guide and assist our clients’ through the various stages from design ideas, contacting and collating advertising copy or text content to ensuring everyone involved is working to a production schedule that ensures it’s ready in time for the event!

You deserve to have a reminder of your favourite event/s and the public love to have a record of being there too. This also helps contribute to the overall fundraising efforts that help to keep events going and people visiting them in future years.

Pop in along or contact us soon on 01595 74200 – printing@shetlandtimes.co.uk – to discuss how we can help you produce your next programme. Or if you don’t have one yet, we’d love to hear from you and provide guidance as how to best go about getting started and together we can decide upon the format that will best showcase your event. 

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June 26, 2017

When it comes to print, we love to give you exactly what you deserve and expect – the right………….

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When it comes to print, we love to give you exactly what you deserve and expect – the right product, fit for purpose, well produced, within budget and delivered on time.

We enjoy being involved in your print projects and our speciality is providing the most comprehensive print service. This includes in-house quality control to consistently produce your every day stationery, promotional flyers, complex brochure work or advising and supplying economical solutions or specialist luxury finishes to your projects.

Creating designs that hit the mark, making your business shine and then translating those into tactile, stand-out printed products which add value to your services and products – that’s what we’re all about. 

Give us a call today and let’s start discussing how we can help you with all the “P’s” – produce pretty, prolific, properly proofed, positive, print promotions pronto please! :-)

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May 30, 2017
As part of our campaign to help local businesses raise community awareness of the products and services that are available to purchase without having to look online or head off-island, our recent Summer Motoring...
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As part of our campaign to help local businesses raise community awareness of the products and services that are available to purchase without having to look online or head off-island, our recent Summer Motoring leaflet is designed, printed and distributed as an in insert in The Shetland Times newspaper. This reaches a weekly audience of 8,222 through sales alone and an average total readership of 10,880. This annual promotion remains very popular with our clients and continues to provide great feedback from consumers.