In 2021 we are marking the centenary year of the birth of Orkney poet and writer George Mackay Brown. Orkney Library & Archive and the George Mackay Brown Fellowship would like everyone to help us to knit A Hat for George. The idea is to encourage creativity through knitting, using George’s writing as the inspiration to create a collection of unique knitted hats that will be displayed and then auctioned off to raise money for local charities.
Everyone is welcome to take part – hats can be in any style, colour or pattern. In tribute to the writer, knitters may like to name their hat design after a novel, story or poem by George Mackay Brown – or even a location, character or line quoted from his work, but this is up to the individual knitters.
Hats can be dropped off at Orkney Library & Archive, Stromness Library or the Mobile Library OR they can be posted to: A Hat for George, Orkney Library & Archive, 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG.
Please include your name (if you are happy to have it displayed with your design), where in the world you live, and if applicable, the George Mackay Brown novel, poem or line of text that inspired your design.
All hats will be displayed online and at Orkney Library & Archive before being auctioned off in October, the month of George’s birth. Hats should reach Orkney Library & Archive by MONDAY 30 AUGUST 2021.
This beautiful knitted George Mackay Brown doll was sent to us by Alison from Glasgow as part of our Knit a Hat for George campaign. He is based on the Fred Schley painting he is holding which is on display in Stromness Library.
In the future we hope to send knitted George out on tour so he can spend some time travelling around on the Mobile Library, and of course spend some time in Stromness.