Thursday, 3 September 2009

18th July 2009 - The Chapel at the Edge of the World


Today we had author Kirsten McKenzie reading from her novel ‘The Chapel at the Edge of the World.’ The book is Kirsten’s debut novel and is a fictional tale based around the real-life building of the Italian Chapel on Lambsholm by prisoners of war during World War two.

The reading took place in the Orkney Room so there was a quite intimate and cosy atmosphere. Kirsten answered questions about the novel after her reading.

Much of the factual research for the book was done over a year ago using material from the Orkney Archive. Kirsten visited us twice and we sent photocopies from the Ernest Walker Marwick collection. We assumed that she was researching for a university paper or factual book and had no idea that she was an author of fiction.

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