It’s often remarked upon that Shetland’s high creative output far exceeds what might be expected from its small population. The amount of musical, literary and artistic activity here does seem disproportionately high, and I’ve often wondered why this is. Is it the dramatic land and seascapes which inspire? Does Shetland’s relative remoteness force people to fall back on their own creative resources? Or do the
much-maligned long, dark nights trigger artistic urges?
Whatever its source, the creativity of Shetlanders is just one of the reasons that this is such a great place to live. Take this month, for example. Elsewhere, November is possibly the most “meh” month in the year, but here we have a literary festival (featuring a good few local writers), a bumper Christmas craft fair and two large scale theatrical performances to look forward to. Plenty to nourish the soul and inspire the creative mind.
At present, I’m at the planning stage of our December issue: the stage where an A3 sheet of paper is spread out over my kitchen table, each of its 47 squares a magazine page to fill. This is probably my favourite part of the whole process, as deadlines are, as yet, a distant threat and anything seems possible. Anyway, I digress. The issue I am currently planning has “giving” at its theme. It strikes me that this is something that (along with creativity) Shetlanders are particularly good at. I’m looking to collect stories of unsung heroes in the community, so if any of you can think of any worthy nominees, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
Next month’s issue of Shetland Life will be the last that I put together, and I’m delighted to share that Laurie Goodlad will be taking over the position of editor. With ten years of experience in the heritage industry, a passion for Shetland’s history and a wealth of creative ideas, Laurie is sure to take this magazine to some exciting new places.
I’d like to wish all our readers a creative and productive November. See you next month!