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May 24, 8:30am – 10:00am BST. Hosted at The Old Dr Bells
Scottish poet, Mary Johnston, was born in 1934 and brought up in rural Aberdeenshire. Doric was the only language she heard until she went to school, where she was chastised for speaking it and had to learn to speak “Proper” i.e. English. The Doric she speaks is that of her grandparents, born in the late 1800s. It is extremely musical, yet powerful and precise.
Those fortunate enough to have heard Mary read her work aloud, know how well she communicates the meaning of her poems to her listeners, even if some of the words are unfamiliar to them.
As well as share a few of her famous poems, Mary will be exploring the month’s topic of “preserve” through touching on the historic shame aground use of indigenous languages and share the importance of preserving cultural expression and knowledge for generations to come.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom