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 one of two dolls sent to us by Alison from Glasgow as part of our Knit a Hat for George campaign. They are based on the Fred Schley painting he is holding which is on permanent display in Stromness Library.
We have one George on display in Kirkwall Library and the other one in Stromness Library though they may also spend some time travelling around Orkney in the Mobile Library.