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First Scots Gaitherin takes place in Glasgow

In Scots

On Friday 27 September, A Scots Gaitherin o scrievers, braidcasters, playwrights, musicians an performers whae yaise the Scots language will jyn wi fellae industry professionals warkin athort the airts an education tae forder mair yaise o Scots in creative life oot-through Scotland.

Takkin place durin this year’s United Nations Year o Indigenous Language, the event is hostit by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government an Education Scotland at The Piping Centre in Glesga, whaur mair nor ae hunner delegates will hear fae speikers includin the bard and novelist James Robertson, rapper Dave Hook, scriever Gerda Stevenson, performer Harry Josephine Giles forby playwright Morna Young.

Topics tae be blethert anent on the dey include the role o Scots language in contemporary braidcastin; wimmen’s vyces in indigenous language contexts; the yaise o Scots language in creative practick; an international collaborations an hou Scots language gangs thegither wi ither language networks.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney seyed: “A’m blythe tae attend the first mensefu Scots language gaitherin in a wheen years, hostit by Creative Scotland an supportit by the Scottish Government an Education Scotland.

“This byous gaitherin taks tent o the braw wark o a muckle hantle o organisations whae aye develop an forder the yaise o Scots in iveryday life.

“We ken the important role that the language pleys fur monie fowk athort the kintra, an this gaitherin gies the opportunity tae engage wi Scots speikers fur tae better unnerstaun the trauchles.”

Mairi Kidd, Heid o Literature, Languages & Furthsettin at Creative Scotlandseyed: “We’re blythe tae be pairtnerin wi Education Scotland an the Scottish Government on the Scots Gaitherin. Creative Scotland taks tent o an appreciates the muckle role that Scots language has pleyed, forby aye pleys, in shapin the cultural launscape o Scotland. Warkin in pairtnership wi colleagues fae athort education an the cultural sector, the day is a step forrit taewart findin imaginative weys o forderin mair yaise o Scots in creative life oot-through Scotland.”

A Scots Gaitherin coincides wi the 1st annual Scots Language Awards takkin place on the evenin o Friday 27 September at Glesga’s Mitchell Theatre. Hostit by Hands Up for Trad, the Awards will tak tent o byordinar contributions tae the culture an ongaun development o the leid.

In English

On Friday 27 September, A Scots Gaitherin of authors, broadcasters, playwrights, musicians and performers using the Scots language will join fellow industry professionals working across arts and education to encourage the increased use of Scots creative life across Scotland.

Taking place during this year’s United Nations Year of Indigenous Language, the event is hosted by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland at The Piping Centre in Glasgow where over 100 delegates will hear from speakers including poet and novelist James Robertson, rapper Dave Hook, author Gerda Stevenson, performer Harry Josephine Giles and playwright Morna Young.

Topics for discussion on the day will include the role of Scots language within contemporary broadcasting; women’s voices within indigenous language contexts; the use of Scots language within creative practice; international collaborations and how Scots language connects with other language networks.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney said: “I am pleased to attend the first significant Scots language gathering in a number of years, hosted by Creative Scotland and supported by Scottish Government and Education Scotland.

“This special gathering highlights the great work of a variety of organisations who continue to develop and encourage the use of Scots in everyday life.

“We know the important role the language plays for many people across the country and this gathering provides the opportunity to engage with Scots speakers to better understand the challenges.”

Mairi Kidd, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing at Creative Scotland said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government on the Scots Gaitherin. Creative Scotland values and appreciates the important role that Scots language has played, and continues to play, in shaping the cultural landscape of Scotland. Working in partnership with colleagues from across education and cultural sector this day is a step towards finding imaginative ways of encouraging more use of Scots in creative life across Scotland.”

A Scots Gaitherin coincides with the first annual Scots Language Awards taking place on the evening of Friday 27 September at Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre. Hosted by Hands Up for Trad, the Awards will recognise exceptional contributions to the culture and ongoing development of the language.

Reproduced from Creative Scotland’s news release. 

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September 27, 2019

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