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New Book!

20 Feb: The Brander Library hosted the launch of Ron Brander's book Over the Hills from Huntly (published by Huntly Writers).

Ron with Maureen Ross

Thirty guests dropped in to enjoy Ron's informative illustrated talk. The Huntly Express sent a photographer, so if you missed this, don't worry: it's in the paper! Meanwhile you can see the exhibition of Ron's photographs which continues at the Brander Library.

Next up from Huntly Writers: Young at Hert, a collection of the poems of the late and beloved Margaret Grant. Date to be announced.


Harry Potter Book Night  2 February 2017 in the Brander Library, The Square, Huntly


... under the vaulted ceiling of the Brander Library the Professors and students of Hogwarts gathered, along with a good many shifty characters and possibly a Muggle or two. This FREE EVENT was sponsored by a collaboration of Brander Library and Orb's Community Bookshop under the banner of Huntly Book Festival and  supported by Bloomsbury Publishing.







Happy Birthday, Deveron Arts.


Here we are with our stall operated jointly with Huntly Writers and Handmade in Huntly -- a couple of candid shots:


Here is a write-up of our part in the event. Notice the books mentioned! http://www.orbbookshop.org/documents/satinthesquare/write-up-of-3.12.16-hw-stall.doc


Saturday 14 Oct: an early view of some new paintings by Raoul Middleman whose Portsoy paintings were previously on show. Raoul's 'Sandend Suite' painted in July 2016 comprises land-and-seascapes in his inimitable style, in oil and watercolour. On Saturday, we'll be celebrating the arrival of these works with nibbles and drinks from 10:30 to 12:30. Please join us!



Huntly Writers News! National Poetry Day ... The events for this year's National Poetry Day went very well. Ben Macfadyen entertained us with 'Jabberwocky' both in the Brander (Thursday night) and in the bookshop (Tuesday). More later.


Here's a link to the poster for events in the Brander Library including Ben Macfadyen's performance. http://www.orbbookshop.org/documents/misc_posters/a-message-from-the-jabberwocky.docx



Huntly Hairst bookstall (where Handmade in Huntly and Huntly Writers had work on sale):



3 Sept 2016





Peaceful Pursuits! White Wood Gala with Deveron Arts, Handmade in Huntly, and Huntly Writers:

This was a day-long woodland festival which will be more fully described on Deveron Arts's web site http://www.deveron-arts.com Our contribution was entitled Peaceful Pursuits, and the pursuits we demonstrated were:

  • sitting or reclining on the forest floor reading books
  • learning to card raw wool and spin it
  • reading poetry, chiefly about peace

giving away 49 books by 49 'forgotten authors' from between the two world wars, in the hope that these authors will be remembered now!

A bookshop volunteer awaits the public.

The spinning class.

poems on peace!

Huntly Writers provided the readings.

On Wed 16 March, Maureen Ross gave a talk about the first 18 months of the Community Bookshop: the title was THE UNKNOWN UNKNOWN.


The venue was Christchurch, Huntly, where this was one of a series of talks to be given on the third Wednesday of each month.

The unknown unknown (Maureen explained) is the thing you find that you didn't know you were looking for. This is most frequently met with in a bookshop. To show us how true this is, Maureen illustrated her absorbing account with some unexpected finds from among the books.

Civilised Saturday on 28 November was entirely civilised with a good crowd and a rich aroma of coffee, Charlie & Lola bags, balloons and all ...

Hallowe'en in Huntly: more masks!



















The Campbell Duo

On 19 Sept, Vicky and Hugh came to play a pop-up concert at the shop as part of National Chamber Music Day. They also played at the Brander Library and at Dean's Bistro (hosts: Music Centeral).


Vicky & Hugh at Orb's.


Face Painting and a Great Book Stall! Huntly Square & Orb's Bookshop on 5 Sept 2015 (photo collection)

On Saturday 5 Sept we were celebrating the centenary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland ... the bookshop got a Lewis Carroll makeover ... there were some new faces (painted ones) ... and a bookstall popped up in Huntly Square.

We also commemorated the friendship between Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald. Lewis Carroll had his doubts about publishing a fantasy, but MacDonald had written Phantastes, which gave Carroll hope. MacDonald, his wife Louisa, and their children reviewed the manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground, loved it, and urged Carroll to publish.

pictures from the events

(children's photos are posted with parental permission)


Crockatt x 3 pop-up Exhibition began with a preview at 7 pm Sept 4

A unique chance to see examples of Wenna, Laura & Ian Crockatt's work under one roof!

Laura Crockatt is a photographer who draws inspiration from the work of great emotive poets, and from nineteenth-century photography which gives her work a painterly quality. Wenna is a potter whose work is influenced by the landscape of Aberdeenshire and around her studio at Gamrie. Ian is a poet and translator who has won the Schlegel-Tieck Society of Authors prize for his translations of Rilke from the German; his recent work includes a translation of Viking poems, Crimsoning the Eagle's Claw.

Wenna Crockatt

Laura Crockatt


Lucy Aykroyd returned! Aug 7 to Sept 3:

 About Lucy 

A few of Lucy's woodcuts ...

We hope you were able to make it to this very successful exhibition, which gave us the chance to welcome back our much-travelled friend.


Brian Nisbet

A tribute to a loved fellow writer

This tribute evening for Brian on 24 June was highly enjoyable, in spite of the sad circumstances. Many thanks to musicians Emily and Pam, and to the Orb's crowd for providing wine and delicious home-baked goodies.

Thanks, too, to everyone who read from Now You Know, Brian's book of poems, and to the many people who came along just to be there.

There will soon be a link for buying this book from Huntly Writers' web site (see Links). Meanwhile there's a small stock of the book at the shop; it costs £5.


New Artist for July: Wilma Geddes

Landscapes, Stained Glass and Fabric.


Older items

The management of Orb's Bookshop in Huntly has been assumed by volunteers from Huntly Writers, a group of local authors, poets, and lovers of literature. This was part of former owner Dr Annie Lamb's plan for retirement.

The shop is now open from 10 a.m till 4p.m. Monday to Saturday each week.

While actively seeking grant funding, the volunteers are currently working hard to improve facilities for both customers and staff. We hope you'll like the changes.



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