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Marjorie Linklater Award for Creative Writing

This award was instituted in 2000 in memory of Marjorie Linklater, a founder member, former Chair (1977-81) and past President of the Orkney Heritage Society.

The award is given for a short piece of creative writing and the judges include a member of the Linklater family. The competition is open to senior school pupils in 5th and 6th years and also to the same age group in Orkney College and is organised in conjunction with these establishments.

Marjorie Linklater

Marjorie Linklater, 1909-97

‘As chairman of the Orkney Heritage Society, she persuaded the oil industry to fund a full-time archaeologist to supervise the islands’ phenomenally rich prehistoric heritage, and when the nuclear industry proposed to mine uranium in Orkney, she led a long, successful ‘No Uranium’ campaign against it.’

Obituary, The Independent, 4 July 1997