For our April event, we’ll be hearing from Ashley Douglas, a multilingual writer and translator specialising in the Scots language and LGBT+ history (@ashdouglasscot).

Scots is the most widely spoken language in Scotland after English. In the 2011 census, which included a question on the Scots language for the first time, 1.5 million people reported that they could speak it and 1.9 million reported that they could speak, read, write or understand it – and the real figures are likely to be even higher.

It’s Ashley’s view that Scots can never be just a medium through which to communicate Scotland’s past, because Scots is Scotland’s past. Whole centuries of Scottish history took place in the Scots language; hundreds of thousands of Scots have lived and died and fought and loved in the Scots tongue. But Scots isn’t just our past. Scots, and Scots speakers, remain a crucial part of modern Scotland.

In this talk, Ashley will reflect on the unique role of the language in Scotland’s past, and how it is has a special role to play in communicating Scotland’s heritage today. She will also address some of the challenges that the writer of modern Scots has to contend with, and talk about her guiding principles when writing in Scots in a heritage context, including tips for using the language on social media, finding resources, and how to find freelancers.

After the short presentation, there’ll be time for a Q&A and general discussion.

WHEN: Wed, 6 April 2022 15:00

BOOKING: Booking is essential to receive the Zoom event details.


Thanks to our fantastic 2022 sponsor, we’re able to offer payment to all SHSMG speakers while keeping these events free for attendees:

“Whereverly create cultural and heritage tourism apps and websites.

We want tourists and locals to embrace local culture and heritage through music, song and stories, whilst discovering the hidden gems.

The Whereverly app and web platform makes creating a helpful tourism app easy. The content on Whereverly apps is produced for the most part by local communities, guides, heritage professionals, park rangers and local storytellers.

The Whereverly apps and website feature interactive maps, 3D maps, AR experiences, points of interests, favouriting and list building. As well as audio and non-audio walking, cycling, driving and rail tours. As well as music and stories delivered based on where the visitor is.

Example of our apps are Falkirk Explored, the North Coast 500, Scotland Starts Here, Explore Stirling, Highland Discovery and the Coig. We have developed supporting websites re-using the app content for the Coig and Scotland Starts Here. We are working on new heritage focussed projects which feature AR models, badge collecting and 3D maps.”

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