Valerie WattValerie Watt
b.1975, lives in Lerwick, where she was brought up. She is a secondary teacher with a young family. While a pupil of the late Dr Tom Anderson, she learned not only how to play the fiddle, but a great deal about Shetland folklore. Published: Da Peesterleeties an da Curse o da Njuggle (2005), and Peerie Mootie an her Muckle Buits (2007). She wrote a dialect column for bairns in Shetland Life magazine until 2011. Her latest book is Bobby an da Burland Pearls ( 2010). The musical based on it was performed for the public in July 2010, after a successful run for school pupils.