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Ulster-Scots Language Webinar

23 November 2020

Ulster-Scots Language Webinar

This year’s Ulster-Scotch Leid Week will run from 23 – 27 November. To kick off the week we are

hosting an online panel discussion on the Ulster-Scots language on Monday 23 November at 7:30 pm.

Our panellists will consider the state of the language currently, including how the language is viewed

and how we can promote and encourage the use and development of Ulster-Scots.


Susie Millar

The panel will be chaired by broadcaster and journalist Susie Millar. She spent almost 25 years as a television news journalist, working for both

the BBC and UTV, before launching Titanic Tours Belfast in 2008. Nowa tour operator, specialising in Belfast’s maritime history, Susie is also

President of Belfast Titanic Society.

Alistair Heather

Scottish writer, presenter and podcaster whose recent work includes the excellent documentary “Rebel Tongue” for the BBC. He is also one of the prominent voices in the “Oor Vyce” campaign seeking official

recognition and promotion for the Scots language.

Steve Dornan

From County Down and living in Aberdeenshire working as a secondary school teacher. He has written several academic essays on Ulster-Scots

writers such as James Orr, James McHenry and John Gamble. He hasalso published a number of poems in Ulster-Scots and is working on a


Wesley Hutchinson

Professor Emeritus of Irish Studies (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3) and a former President of the Société Française d’Etudes Irlandaises (SOFEIR). His research interests include unionist identity issues

and cultural policy, especially as regards minority languages.