A Remote Scottish Library Is Trolling Another Remote Scottish Library Because J.K. Rowling Visited

This is A+ Twitter beef.

You may or may not be aware there’s a library in the Orkney Islands.

Orkney Library


It is renowned for having a surprisingly Twitter account.

There is also a library in Shetland.


And the two libraries are Twitter “frenemies”.

Twitter: @BBCScotland

Here they are, for example, swapping bants while watching murder mystery Shetland on TV.

And here they are competing to get popstars to follow them.

Dear anyone who is/was/knows a popstar. Help us beat @shetlandlibrary in the popstar followers battle #followus https://t.co/tdxPFlMkKy

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

Anyway, a few days ago Orkney announced it was discussing one of J.K. Rowling’s crime novels, written under the pen name Robert Galbraith, at its book club.

Join us for Saturday Slaughters to discuss The Cuckoo's Calling by @RGalbraith 2.30pm Saturday 5 March

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

Which Rowling spotted.

@OrkneyLibrary @RGalbraith That sounds like a fun event.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)

@jk_rowling @RGalbraith It certainly will be. If you set off for Scrabster now you should still catch the ferry...

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

A tentative offer was made. Involving lemon cake.

Twitter: @jk_rowling

An offer on which the library duly delivered.

And we have the lemon cake on standby just in case @jk_rowling turns up #shopbought #weapologise

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

And over the weekend…guess who showed up?

We had a very special guest at Saturday Slaughters today. Thanks so much @jk_rowling Come back soon x

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

Which was great for Orkney Library…

The Wooden Woman is thrilled to be wearing The Sorting Hat. We won't reveal which house she is.

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

…and the lady herself had a good time…

.@OrkneyLibrary I had the best time! Thanks for wonderful chat, cake and, of course, letting me touch The Book.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)

…but most importantly…

We wish to remain dignified in our response to the MANY tweets suggesting that @OrkneyLibrary are "winning" today...

— Shetland Library (@ShetlandLibrary)

…it was a great opportunity for trolling.

@ShetlandLibrary In. Your. Face.

— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary)

Although Shetland might just have an answer in the form of Gary Barlow.


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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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