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Contemporary writers highlighted in new Ulster-Scots Poetry and Literature Archive

Date Posted: September 7, 2023

Featuring some of the best contemporary Ulster-Scots poets, including Charlie Gillen, Anne McMaster, Angeline King, Angela Graham and Liam Logan, Negative Waves and Sub-Culture Productions have curated a large collection of Ulster-Scots audio and video recordings highlighting and preserving their important work. The digital project has been made with support from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.

Watch performances of poems like Praitas and Hame, listen to recordings on themes such as war, farming, love and loss, and reminisce of a time long gone in poems such as Whun All the Kye Had Names.

‘Whut heppin’t tae the countryside, since you an’ me wus weans,

Whun folk had time tae tak’ tae ye, an’ al’ the kye had names’

This archive shows how the language can be both beautiful and poignant, and can be used as a resource for those who want to find out more about Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture.

“It’s been an honour to work on this project alongside such great writers who use Ulster-Scots in such a creative and powerful way,” said director Tristan Crowe. “I hope that the archive highlights these talents and is a useful resource to those who wish to learn more about the language, both now and for many years to come.”

“Tristan and the team have captured a wealth of today’s finest Ulster-Scots writing, showing that the language is experiencing something of a renaissance,” added Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund Executive Heidi McAlpin. “This digital project is an important archive piece that will be enjoyed by this generation and others to follow.”

The Ulster-Scots Poetry and Literary Archive can be watched and listened to by clicking this link:



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