Literary evening aboard the Swan

Dates & Availability

Embarkation Location
Lerwick, Shetland
Disembarkation Location
Lerwick, Shetland
Fully Booked
Start Date
Friday, 23 September 2022

**This event is now fully booked - Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list**

Celebrating Wordplay 2022, and Scotland's Year of Stories, The Swan Trust is offering a literary evening aboard the Swan, with a traditional dish of bacalao made by local food expert and author Marian Armitage, readings from John Goodlad’s new book The Salt Roads – How fish created a culture, and traditional music by Swan Skipper Maggie Adamson.
**Note: This event will not include any sailing**

Whilst berthed alongside in Lerwick Harbour, guests will enjoy readings from John Goodlad’s new book The Salt Roads – which explores Shetland and its relationship to the rest of Europe, told through the salt fish trade that powered the Shetland economy for more than 200 years. This will be accompanied by music from Swan Skipper, and renowned musician, Maggie Adamson as well as drinks and bacalao, a traditional salt fish stew which was a commonly eaten by fishermen at the whaling. All of this links to John’s book, which covers two centuries, a vast geographical area and shows how many poets, novelists, musicians and artists have been inspired by the world of fishing.

Starting at 7pm, the event will be an intimate evening, with just 12 tickets on offer, and a chance for those aboard to discuss Shetland’s vast fishing heritage and sailing one of its iconic vessels, the Swan, with two highly knowledgeable individuals.

The bacalao will be made by another local expert, and a true ambassador for Shetland's food and drink sector, Marian Armitage. Marian’s second book, Food Made in Shetland, is also being released this year and features the traditional bacalao recipe she will be making for the event.

The Trust would like to thank everyone for donating their time, Thule Ventus for donating their locally produced bacalao fish, made with Shetland cod, and H. Henderson shop in Unst for donating the drinks for the evening.

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Please note: You may need to board and/or disembark the Swan via a vertical pier ladder. Ensure you wear sensible footwear, with good grips.

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