The dialect of Shetland (also known as Shaetlan) has a long and varied history: from being banned in schools to becoming the subject of language preservation efforts in the present day. This work in progress book supports these efforts by collating and laying out several texts about Shaetlan’s history and cultural context, alongside examples of Shaetlan poetry, prose, and images of the isle itself.

The spirit of Shaetlan is communicated through a typeface created to reflect its linguistic origins and the level cadence of the dialect when spoken. These two vehicles of communication together provide conclusive insight into the workings and background of a spoken aspect of Shetland's history.