Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Voices

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.

Throwing Voices: Uxue Alberdi, Ciara MacLaverty & Rachel Newton

A Scots-Basque Musical Conversation

Monday 12 August 18:00 - 19:30

Throwing Voices is a unique collaborative project looking at how local language, culture and tradition can resonate across linguistic divides. Using selected objects and words, Basque writer Uxue Alberdi and Islay-raised poet Ciara MacLaverty share...

Throwing Voices: Linnéa Axelsson, Taqralik Partridge & Kate Young

A Sami-Inuit Musical Conversation

Tuesday 13 August 15:45 - 17:15

Throwing Voices is a unique collaborative project looking at how local language, culture and tradition can resonate across linguistic divides. Using selected objects and words, Sami writer Linnéa Axelsson and Inuit poet and throat singer Taqralik...
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Songs from the Land: Sometimes I Speak English

A Performance of Words and Music

Thursday 15 August 20:00 - 21:30

In partnership with Montreal-based producer Émilie Monnet, we present a performance of words and music born out of indigenous experiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Inuit poet and throat singer Taqralik Partridge performs alongside celebrated Cree...
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Songs from the Land: Calling Home

A Performance of Words and Music

Friday 16 August 17:30 - 19:00

In partnership with Montreal-based producer Émilie Monnet, we present a performance of words and music born out of indigenous experiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Inuit poet and throat singer Taqralik Partridge performs with celebrated Cree...

Throwing Voices: Rody Gorman, Bigg Taj & Tayi Tibble

A Gaelic-Maori Musical Conversation

Friday 16 August 18:00 - 19:30

Throwing Voices is a unique collaborative project showing how local language, culture and tradition can resonate across linguistic divides. Using selected objects and words, Ireland-born Scottish Gaelic language poet Rody Gorman and New Zealand (Te...

Bernardo Atxaga & Margaret Jull Costa

Sin City Through Basque Eyes

Saturday 17 August 19:00 - 20:00

A chance to travel and write abroad led Basque superstar Bernardo Atxaga to reflect on life back home. Nevada Days is a lightly fictionalised account of a writer-in-residence stint in Reno, brimming with odd events and eccentric characters; it inspired...

Throwing Voices: Imam Baksh, Heir of the Cursed & Roseanne Watt

A Caribbean-Scots Musical Conversation

Wednesday 21 August 15:45 - 17:15

Throwing Voices is a unique collaborative project looking at how local language, culture and tradition can resonate across linguistic divides. Using selected objects and words, Guyanese writer Imam Baksh and Shetlandic poet, filmmaker and musician...

Throwing Voices: Agustina Bazterrica, John Burnside & Luke Sutherland

A Scots-Argentine Musical Conversation

Thursday 22 August 18:00 - 19:30

Throwing Voices is a unique collaborative project looking at how local language, culture and tradition can resonate across linguistic divides. Using selected objects and words, Argentine writer Agustina Bazterrica and Scottish poet John Burnside share...
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Whiti Hereaka & Tina Makereti

Celebrating Oceanic Diversity

Friday 23 August 17:00 - 18:00

Racist atrocities in New Zealand are not a new phenomenon: in 1881, Crown troops razed a Maori settlement. As Christchurch mourns, it is timely that indigenous voices from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and the Pacific come together in Black Marks on the White...

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