These canny events help even the most monolingual of us to enjoy the richness and diversity of languages beyond the dominant ones. With Basque, First Nation Canadian, Maori, Pasifika and Sami participants – not to mention Gaelic, Scots and other voices from our own islands – this is surely the biggest ever gathering of indigenous voices at a British book festival. Around 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today, but UNESCO estimates that by the end of this century the figure will be halved. How can we celebrate languages that ever fewer people are speaking?
Throwing Voices events are supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.