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Linklater Prize for Creative Writing

The 2022 Linklater Prize

In the 1999 newsletter, OHS published the following information on a brand new award, The Marjorie Linklater Writing Award:

OHS wish to found a memorial to the late Marjorie Linklater, one time Secretary, Chair, Vice President and President of the Society, in recognition of her work and effort in looking after Orkney’s Heritage. This is to be in the form of an award for an original piece of writing submitted by any student in classes 5 or 6 of KGS, Stromness Academy, or of the same age group from Orkney College.

A different subject was to be chosen each year, but by 2002 the format was changed slightly with the stipulation that the writing was to have some bearing on Orkney. Each year would alternate between prose and poetry. By 2005 however, entries were standardised to be prose only, which is how the competition was run for the next 15 years.

This year we are relaunching the award with a slightly different name and a slightly different format. Rather than asking the schools to help run the competition, we are opening it out to anyone living in Orkney between the ages of 15 – 18, and entrants can choose whichever format they prefer between poetry and prose. There will also be a yearly theme. The inaugural theme is the colours of Orkney. This is open to interpretation, and we look forward to a wide range of entries.

The prize winner will be published on the OHS website, and may be published in a future newsletter.

Monetary awards:
First prize: £50
Second prize: £40
Third prize: £30

• The closing date for entries is 16th November 2022.
• Entries must be accompanied by an entry form.The form can be downloaded in MSWord here,  or PDF format here.

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.’

Orkney’s Other Half – Orkney’s Women, a talk by Lynn Campbell

Orkney’s Other Half – Orkney’s Women.
A talk by Lynn Campbell, lecturer at the Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands.
This talk was given at the 2021 AGM of the Orkney Heritage Society, 18 November 2021. Now available to view on our YouTube channel, for those who were unable to attend.

OHS AGM Thursday 18th November 2021 – Online event

OHS AGM Thursday 18th November 2021 7pm

and talk by Lynn Campbell: Orkney’s Other HalfThe Role of Women in Orkney History

Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic crisis, Orkney Heritage Society has had another busy year and there is much to hear about and celebrate.  The AGM provides an opportunity for members to get together to exchange ideas for future activities of the Society.

Due to concerns about recent increases in cases of Covid-19 in Orkney, this year the AGM will be held online at 7.00pm on Thursday 18th November 2021, on the Zoom platform.

To receive a link for the meeting please go to Eventbrite by clicking on this link:

This allows us to collect e-mail addresses and so confirm which attendees of the meeting are members.

The agenda for the meeting can be found on our Resources Page, where you will also find the minutes from the 2020 AGM, financial reports and other relevant documents.

Over the last three years, the Society has published bumper editions of its Newsletter.  Unfortunately, this is expensive and we need to look at ways of reducing our cost.  An easy and green solution would be to distribute an electronic PDF version.   For those still wanting a hard copy, would members be happy with a £5 contribution for postage and printing?  We are keen to have feedback from members on this.

As ever there is an opportunity to get involved and this year there are again vacancies on the Board of Trustees.  We are therefore looking forward to welcoming new members to the Board and would hope you will consider standing. Normally, meetings are held every six weeks on an evening in Kirkwall and last for about 2 hours.  This year our meetings have been online, but are now beginning to meet again in person.

Please email or if you would like more information.

Following the conclusion of business, Lynn Campbell will give a short talk on the role of women in Orkney history: Orkney’s Other Half – Women in Orkney”.

We look forward to seeing you,

Yours sincerely

Neil Kermode


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