Weel duin tae Harry Josephine Giles wha hae bin nominatit in Scots Writer o the Year sponsored by National Library of Scotland in the Scots Language Awards. Vote now!
The Scots Language Awards are in the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 24th September at 7pm. Tickets for the ceremony are available to buy here: https://dundeeboxoffice.co.uk. If you cannae make it you can hae a swatch o it online. You can a buy an online ticket here for that.
We askit Harry Josephine Giles o Harry Josephine Giles thae speirins.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
A'm a writer an performer fae Orkney, an I bide in Edinburgh. A'm been workin here ten years nou, in poetry, theatre, an video gemms. Me mosst recent beuk is "Deep Wheel Orcadia", an hid's a sci fi novel in Orcadian varse.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
I growed up in Westray in Orkney, so the Orkney form o Scots wis aa aroond me whan I wis peedie. I wis lucky tae hiv encouragement at the school tae write in Scots, so whan I started writan poetry in me twenties it wis gey natural fer me tae uiss Scots. A'm done a bit o wark in Orkney tae help wi the promotion o the language, an hid's been grand tae see a new generation o Orkney writers uissan the language noo. Hid's an excitan time tae be wirkin in hid.
Ony particlar career heighlichts
This August we mad a performance o "Deep Wheel Orcadia" at the Edinburgh Beuk Festival wi a haill string quartet accompanyan me poetry. Hid wis wan o the grandest days o me life. Ye cin still waatch hid at edbookfest.co.uk.
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
A'm takkan a peedie brek eftir a summer at wis gey trang! A'll be wakkan in the West Highlands an mebbe visietan hame an aa. A'm been laernan Gaelic this year, an A'm stairtan a eveneen cless in hid in October – math fhèin! Gaelic is laernan me a dose aboot me awn language, seean the connections atween the twa, an hid's geus tae be pairt of the braider wark fer minority languages.
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The Scots Language Awards are in the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 24th September at 7pm. Tickets are available to buy here: https://dundeeboxoffice.co.uk Performing on Saturday 24th September include Bruce Fummey, Hamish Macdonald, Beth Malcome and Robyn Stapleton.
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