29th March 2024

Language events at the National Library of Scotland

Performance poet Len Pennie launched her debut poetry book tour with an in-conversation event with the Library’s new Scots Scriever (‘writer’) Susi Briggs. Len Pennie is renowned for her Scots Word of the Day on TikTok and her powerful feminist verse. She spoke to Susi Briggs, poet, storyteller and musician, about her journey from online sensation to the release of her debut collection, ‘Poyums’ (‘Poems’). Exploring themes of domestic abuse and online trolling, and the impact they can have on mental health, as well as the importance of championing and promoting Scots language, it proved to be a challenging and emotional evening which was hugely appreciated by the large audience in attendance.

In another event Billy Kay, writer and Scots language activist, along with award-winning singer Robyn Stapleton explored stories from Billy’s Scottish Ayrshire childhood accompanied by beautiful Scots songs.

Our Learning programme included several activities for ‘Seachdain na Gàidhlig’ Edinburgh (and World) Gaelic Week, rounded off at the end of February with a sold-out music event by Duan, a young Gaelic band dedicated to preserving traditional songs and combining them with a unique modern flair. This talented ensemble reflect the future of Gaelic music and culture as we move towards the end of our ‘Sgeul / Story’ exhibition events programme, which will culminate in two events hosted by Kirsty MacDonald, Gaidhlig Storymaker, in April.


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