Shetland: a place of sheep and soil, of harsh weather, close ties and an age-old way of life. A place where David has lived all his life, like his father and grandfather before him, but where he abides only in the present moment. A place where Sandy, a newcomer but already a crofter, may have finally found a home. A place that Alice has fled to after the death of her husband.
But times do change – island inhabitants die or move away, and David worries that no young families will take over the chain of stories and care that this valley has always needed, while others wonder if it was ever truly theirs to join. In the wind and sun and storms from the Atlantic, these islanders must decide: what is left of us when the day's work is done, the children grown, and all our choices have been made?
The Valley at the Centre of the World is a story about community and isolation, about what is passed down and what is lost between the cracks. Malachy Tallack is one of Scotland’s finest writers and has published acclaimed works of non-fiction, The Un-Discovered Islands and 60 Degrees North.
This event will be a 30- to 45-minute talk by the author followed by a Q&A session. We welcome you to stay afterwards for refreshments and a book signing by the author.
Please note the finish time is an estimate and the event may finish earlier than 21.00.
The venue has access for people with disabilities (downstairs only) and an accessible toilet.