Stromness Academy Library

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Spooky Happenings


The October break has been and gone and thoughts are turning to Christmas which is closer than one would like to believe. Let’s turn the clock back, then, two weeks. The Reading Zone of the library is quiet and the cobwebs appear to have sprouted from the shelves and ceilings.


Monday 5th November saw our annual Spooky Happenings storytelling event take place in the library at lunchtime. The small team of pupil librarians helped set up and tidy away the snacks and were on hand to help supervise the event.

This year we welcomed a local storyteller, Fran Flett Hollinrake, to come and share some of her stories amassed during her time spent doing the ghost stories tours in Edinburgh Old Town and ones learnt during her work here in Orkney as a tour guide and cathedral custodian. Over the course of the lunch she had up to 20 pupils and staff enthralled by her tales and even, at one point had most jumping some distance, in some cases, out of their seats at the end of one spooky story.

This event came close on the tail of the Orkney Storytelling Festival so it was fitting to have a local storyteller in the school so that pupils could get a flavour of this type of event.

Entertaining and just a little bit frightful. MM S5

Those stories were awesome. AL S2

Excellent, really good stories. RM S5

She scared me in the first story. AC S4

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