The Shetland Times Podcast

The UK's most northerly newspaper speaks to Shetlanders at home and abroad about the fascinating archipelago we call home. Musicians, writers, artists, politicians or simply someone with a story to tell our podcast will feature them all. Email if you are interested in taking part or would like to suggest and interviewee.
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Jun 29, 2017

Today's podcast guest, James John Paton, was born in Shetland in 1961 and speaks with Thor about his reasons for leaving "wonderful Shetland".

The one time Shetland Islands councillor is now resident in Skipton, North Yorkshire, where he maintains an active interest in politics.

Here he discusses life away from the isles, why he believes powere should be devolved and his attempt to host an Up-Helly-A' style event down south!

Jun 22, 2017

Thor Holt speaks to Shetland Island Games secretary Bob Kerr of @TeamShetland ahead of next week's games in Gotland.

A team of 129 competitors, coaches and backroom staff have made the journey to the Swedish isle. And Shetland Times reporter Adam Guest has made the trip, too.

He will be doing daily updates on and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. A special pull-out supplement will be included with the paper on Fridays 30th June and 7th July.

Our coverage of the island games is sponsored by Harper Macleod, RSM, Shetland Powertools and TL Dallas.

Jun 15, 2017

Shetlander @JacquyWatt enjoys a conversation with @ThorHolt about what made her move from Shetland and how she ended up living near Melbourne.

The chat takes in her university days in Edinburgh, working alongside Morgan Goodlad in the "first and only politically coloured council" and the similarities between Shetland and Australia.

Part of Jacqui's work in Shetland involved "engaging with the community on what we could afford". She admits questions remain about how successful that was.

And she recalls the summer of 2005 when the island games were hosted in Shetland.

Down Under she lives in a town akin to "Lerwick without the sea" and admits she is puzzled by the "hot north wind".

Enjoy Thor's chat with Jacqui and please let us know if there are any ex-pat Shetlanders you'd like to hear interviewed.

Jun 15, 2017

Thor Holt talks to Tom Morton about the latest on Promote Shetland.

He offers his point of view on the situation that is developing in the aftermath of Shetland Islands Council's decision to not award a contract for the service.

There's full coverage in this week's Shetland Times.

Jun 8, 2017

Today’s guest, Gavin Bell, is a speaker, blogger, and founder of Edinburgh-based social media agency, ‪@BlueCliffMedia. Gavin is proud to tell everyone that he grew up in Shetland. 

Gavin is proud to tell everyone that he grew up in Shetland and explains to Thor Holt how a childhood in Shetland shaped his future.

From tales of clambering up the cliffs, to leaping into the sea and coping with being the son of a police area commander. You won't want to miss Gavin's chat with Thor.


Jun 1, 2017

Anderson High School teacher Kirsti Leask and SIC Active Schools coordinator Sanna Aitken are two of the Shetland netball team's top performing players.

They were recently selected to take part in Netball Scotland’s Performance League, which acts as a bridge between local and elite level competition.

The duo speak to host Thor Holt and educate him on the ways and whys of Shetland netball and explain what they hope to achieve with the new-found skills they have developed on the back of the performance league.