January update from the Reading Room: Baker Prize news and Donald S Murray kicks off our 2014 Programme

January is a busy time of year for us as we’re dealing with the 2013 Baker Prize entries – a big thank you to Richard for bearing the brunt of this piece of work. We’re sorry to let you know that there will be a delay on announcing the results, we’ve had some technical issues which took a while to sort out, so the winners will be announced on Tuesday 25 February, not on 28 January as originally intended. This means that the Baker Prize Awards Event will also be delayed by a month and will take place on Wednesday 26  March Tuesday 25 March – we are sorry about this but as they say, due to circumstances beyond our control.

Our next event is on Tuesday 4 February (not the 28 January). We’ve moved the meeting so we’d be able to invite Donald S Murray to read for us as he’s on the island during this week. Donald was the first author to come to the Reading Room back in 2011 and we’re delighted to be welcoming him back to read from and talk about his latest book The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies. Humorous and moving, surprising and enchanting, The Guga Stone celebrates the miracles and wonders of an existence eked out on cliff and crag, sea-rock and skerry, the exile of its people, too, far from their native shores. If you’ve had the pleasure of hearing Donald before, you’ll know he is very witty and a great storyteller, if you’ve not had the pleasure of an evening with Donald, then 4 February is your chance to come along and enjoy meeting him.

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We’ll also be hosting our first open-mic of the year, so if you’d like a slot, please email us in advance at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk so we can put together a programme. Slots are up to 15 minutes per person.

And we’ll be running a book stall – so if you have books you’d like to donate to us for fundraising, then bring them along.

As usual the event will be at the Skeabost Hotel, starting at 7.00p.m. and if you’re coming along to eat before the event, do come early so you can be served and be seated by 7.00. The event is co-sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust, is free to members and costs £3 for non-members. We hope to see you there.

And a reminder – annual membership fees are now due. There has been no increase in fees and they’re well worth it. You can pay online or by cash or cheque on 4 February.

Finally, I’d like to thank the committee for all their hard work over 2013 and ask members to consider how they can support the work of the group – perhaps you’d like to join the committee, volunteer to run the second hand bookstall at events, organise the occasional raffles we run or help out in some other way? If you’d like to get involved, please let us know as we’d be really delighted to share the tasks around 🙂

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