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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Apr 19, 2018

Shetland folk/rock band The Revellers are approaching their 10-year anniversary.

Singer and guitarist Magnus Bradley talks to podcast host Marjolein about their journey from a cover band to one of Shetland's most popular acts.

He has plenty of stories and some anecdotes from previous gigs. 

Apr 12, 2018

Charlie Gifford served as a lighthouse keeper throughout Scotland. In this episode of The Shetland Times podcast he shares stories of his career with Marjolein.

Apr 5, 2018

Didier and Valerie first came to Shetland for a visit 30 years ago. They have returned many times since, both for holidays and work. Now they have made the move and talk to podcast host Marjolein about this, and their new business, the cafe, C'est La Vie on Commercial Street.

Mar 29, 2018

Walls Brownies' leader Angela Leask speak to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about the Waas Up Helly Aa. On this Friday, 30th, March, the Brownies will don their Viking outfits to celebrate the last Up Helly Aa of the season. Angela explains the origins of the 30 year old celebration on the Westside and talks about the benefits for the bairns involved and the community as a whole. 

Feb 8, 2018

Established in 1950 Islesburgh Drama Group has entertained many over the decades.

Martin Summers and Morag Mouat talk to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about past plays, the workings of the group and the upcoming exhibition in the Shetland Museum's Gadderie.

That display will give the public an insight to the workings of the group and will show off some of the amazing costumes from previous productions.

They also reveal the next exciting play from Islesburgh Drama Group coming this spring.

Feb 1, 2018

Freelance writer Louise Thomason speaks to podcast host Marjolein about her work, including her own blog:

They talk about the need for self discipline when working from home, finding creativity and living and writing in Shetland.

Jan 26, 2018

It is an environmentally-focused episode this week as Shetland Island's Councillor Ryan Thomson speaks about his campaign to encourage businesses to stop using single-use plastics.

Ryan explains to host Marjolein Robertson the dangers of plastics and the pair discuss different ways in which businesses and individuals can tackle this growing problem. 

Jan 18, 2018

From a young age Hylton has been spending his time on the sea in his Dad's fishing boat and also on the Aith Lifeboat, joining his dad, who was Coxwain for trips. Hylton has just retired from serving as Aith Lifeboat's Coxswain for 28 years and speaks to podcast host Marjolein about his service. 

Jan 11, 2018

Lewie Peterson, banjo player with  Vair and the Revellers talks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about their upcoming gig at Celtic Connections.

He also talks about his time at university, involvement in Up-Helly-A' and his journey into music. 

Jan 4, 2018

Niki Thomson, originally from Bradford, moved to Shetland in the 1980s after originally travelling up for a holiday.

She has since worked as a warden in Noss as well as at Happy Hansel Primary School and the ASN Department at the Anderson High School.

A fan of yoga since the 1990s she now teaches it at the Aith Leisure Centre and talks to podcast host Marjolein about her interest in the discipline and the benefits it has on both your physical and mental health.

Dec 30, 2017

Podcast host Marjolein Robertson has been on a journey of discovery learning about Shetland's past traditions of the eight Helly Nichts (Holy Nights) of Christmas.

Listen as guest Roseanne Watt, who created the journey, and Marjolein explain the eight nights and what the customs are for each.


Dec 21, 2017

Father Christmas himself graces the Shetland Times Podcast to speak to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about all things Christmas.

They discuss his work over the festive period, his favourite Christmas films and Marjolein explains some of Shetland's Christmas traditions including the Helly Nichts (Holy Nights).

Dec 14, 2017

Young East Voe farmer Jakob Eunson won the agricultural category award in the Lantra Awards.

He talks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about this experience, as well as his new role as an ambassador for farming and crofting and the importance of apprenticeships.

Dec 7, 2017

In this week's episode, podcast host Marjolein interviews Sandra Jamieson, weel kent in the world of Shetland sports.

She has excelled in and taught archery as well as being one of the figureheads involved with winning the bid and the hosting of the NatWest Island Games in Shetland in 2005.

Sandra was also awarded the prestigious Lifetime Endeavour Award at the Shetland Sports Awards 2017 and speaks about the night and her experience. 

Nov 30, 2017

Shetland born Maxie Bain has returned home after living south most of his life, both teaching and painting.

With his current exhibition in Bonhoga Beach Scenes and other obsessions he talks to podcast host Marjolein about his life's journey and craft. 

Nov 23, 2017

Comedian Sara Pascoe was in Shetland last weekend for a stand up show at Mareel.

She speaks to fellow comedian and podcast host Marjolein Robertson about the world of stand up.

Pascoe discusses how she first began performing stand up, as well as the ins and outs of touring. And she tells more about appearing on panel shows including QI and Mock The Week.

The stand up show is reviewed in 24th November edition of The Shetland Times.

Nov 16, 2017

Ashlea Tulloch talks to podcast host, Marjolein Robertson, about the Shetland Befriending Scheme.

It is a voluntary organisation providing one-to-one support for people of all ages within Shetland.

Ashlea tells how she first became involved, explains the scheme and discusses previous voluntary work she has done including Oxjam Music Festival and a sponsored motorbike run.

Nov 9, 2017

This week Marjolein Robertson talks to her Dad, Frank Robertson about his life on the croft as a boy.

This episode was first recorded as a trial, but we thought it was too good to let it go without publishing it.

Frank shares anecdotes from working with the crops and animals on the croft. To talking about the changes in Shetland since the oil.

We hope you enjoy his stories.

Nov 2, 2017

Karen Cunningham is this year's Wordplay curator.

Cunningham has previously worked as the head of libraries in Glasgow where she founded and directed the Glasgow book festival, Aye Write! 

Her love of Shetland began when visiting a friend here 10 years ago. Since then she has returned many times to visit. 

She speaks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about her involvement in Wordplay, the thinking behind this year's programme and the events to come.

Oct 26, 2017

Ghosts, skeletons and a spooky tale...

In celebration of Hallowe'en this week's podcast focuses on the infamous Windhouse in Yell.

Podcast host Marjolein Robertson speaks to Davy Cooper, storyteller, about the various myths and legends behind house. Next, Val Turner joins to talk about recent findings discovered at Windhouse that have been featured in The Shetland Times and the national news.

Finally, Mike Grundon, BBC Radio Shetland presenter, shares an incident when he visited Windhouse several years ago.

Enjoy our Hallowe'en special!

If you have any suggestions for future podcasts please do email them 

Oct 19, 2017

Bruce Gilardi, owner of the Waas Bakery, speaks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about his beginnings in California, born to a Shetlander; his travels over the years, his jobs – including working for the US Navy during the cold war – through to his purchase of the Waas Bakery and what Shetland means to him.

Oct 12, 2017

Alan Gifford, of the Accordion and Fiddle Festival Committee, relives the highlights of the 30th Festival with podcast host Marjolein. He also speaks about his introduction to the fiddle and his bands over the years as well as his role in teaching strings in Shetland.

Oct 5, 2017

Shetland storyteller Davy Cooper joins podcast host Marjolein to discuss his journey into the world of storytelling. He talks about the art form as well as looking into what makes Shetland storytelling unique. 

Sep 28, 2017

Jim Sim is a missionary from Shetland.

He is based in Houston, Texas, and has worked throughout South America. Recently he has been involved in working in Panama and building houses.

On a return trip to Shetland, he speaks to Marjolein about his life in the Americas and work as a missionary.

Sep 21, 2017

Shetland born and bred textile designer, Ella Gordon, speaks to host Marjolein Robertson about her love of Shetland knitwear.

Ella talks about her textiles studies at the Shetland College, bringing her into the world of knitwear and designing she thrives in today – even acting as Patron for the Shetland Wool Week 2016.

Listen to her story, find out more about her interests and some information on what to expect at Shetland Wool Week 2017.

For more information about Ella's work, and the online shop to buy her knitting patterns visit: 

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