Weel duin tae Marjolein Robertson wha hae bin nominatit in Scots Speaker o the Year sponsored by Scots Language Centre 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 Marjolein Robertson o Marjolein Robertson thae speirins.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Hiyi, I'm Marjolein Robertson, born and lived maist o my life in Shetland. I'm a comedian an storyteller, so I've spent a lock o my life knappin (speaking tae be understood, less Shetland mare English), hoowivir when hom or tellin folktales I let mysel use my midder tongue o Shetland, sometimes caad Shaetlan or even Shetlandic.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
My Dad is native tae Shaetlan and my Mam is Dutch, hence my name Dutch Marjolein, so I've always spoken various dialects an wirds. But as I grew aulder, reading mare o Shaetlan's folklore, history an written wirk, I cam mare awar o da importance to preserve wir dialect. Fir me da best way is tae keep it alive in wir very mooths. An wi da internet, ders mare opportunity tae share wir dialect an wirds. Shetland is a dialect comprising o wir auld language Norn as weel as Scots. So it's a boannie blend o ancient Norse tongue an Scots language.
Ony particlar career heighlichts
Highlichts fir my wirk in dialect would be da number o folk wha enjoy me sharing my "Shetland Wird O Da Day" videos online including videos fir BBC Short Stuff. Also sharing Shetland folktales in my midder tongue at various storytelling nichts and festivals including ida BBC Tent at da Edinburgh Fringe as well as Connect Festival an Edinburgh Tradfest.
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
I'm back hom joost dis ook (week) and hiv wirk on da croft and I'm also researching a Shetland folktale to share at da Scottish Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh an Shetland. Then I'll be back doon da road tae Edinburgh fir gigs, baeth stand up and storytelling. But I may joost hae a dram as weel tae celebrate this nomination, I canna sit still fir lang so I need to mind mysel fae time to time to acknowledge dese moments – espeeshily when it means I can spik an type unapologetically in my midder tongue!
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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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