Billy Kay Seminar – Tae Be Yersels

INTRO (in Scots)
In the Simmer o 2019, Billy Kay wis gey vauntie when the Scottish Poetry Leibrarie spiered gin he wad dae their inaugural Scots leid lecture. Cried “Tae Be Yersels” Billy took a glisk at aw the great makars scrievin in Scots fae John Barbour in Aiberdeen tae Hugh MacDiarmid in the Borders. The nicht he’ll jalouse whit micht happen tae creativity in Scots in the future, an kythe a wheen airts in the haill wide warld the Scots took their leid tae lang syne.

INTRO (in English)
Earlier this year, Billy Kay was invited to deliver the inaugural Scots lecture at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. There he spoke about being steeped in the poetry and songs of Burns growing up in Ayrshire and ranged over the historic poetic tradition in the language from John Barbour’s Aberdeen to Hugh MacDiarmid’s Borders. This evening he will expand on the status of Scots today and reveal some of the far-flung corners of the globe the Scots travelled with their mother tongue.

Tickets £8 – available from Eventbrite

Hosted by

Scots Radio


Robert Gordon University


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