Published: 18/06/2014 14:09 - Updated: 18/06/2014 14:24

Author to speak at library fund-raiser

Author Howie Firth will be speaking at a fund-raiser in Hopeman on Thursday.
Author Howie Firth will be speaking at a fund-raiser in Hopeman on Thursday.

A new theory of the Picts from a Moray-based writer is to be described at a fund-raising event for the recently opened Hopeman Community Library.

The theory, developed over a number of years by Howie Firth, is highlighted in his new book ‘Orkney, a comprehensive account of the islands’ history, environment and people’, published by Robert Hale.

He argues that theories up to now of the origin of the Picts fail to take account of a number of key facts.

Dr Firth will speak in the library, which is located in Hopeman Memorial Hall, tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm.

There will be a selection of Orcadian fare after the talk and a chance to talk to the author.

There will also be a raffle, which will include a signed copy of one of Dr Firth’s books.

Library chair Vivien Hendry said: "Hopeman Community Library opened on April 12, 2014, with an author visit from Lari Don.

"The library relies entirely on donations and fund-raising at present – in fact all our books and shelves have been donated. "Membership is increasing weekly and we need to fund-raise to sustain and improve what we are able to offer the community. It is, in fact, the first community-run library in Scotland. We are delighted to have Howie Firth as our second author to visit."

Tickets are priced at £2.50 from Costcutter in Hopeman, and there will also be tickets available on the door.

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