Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Indigenous Voices

These canny events help even the most monolingual of us to enjoy the richness and diversity of languages beyond the dominant ones.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Indigenous Voices

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: 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?

James Robertson & Iban Zaldua
IDENTITY AND LANGUAGE EXCHANGE
Saturday 10 August 12:30 - 13:30
What happens when words and ideas travel between languages? Never having met, Iban Zaldua and James Robertson spent six months exchanging letters in their native languages: Scots and Basque. They offer an intimate reflection on Europe, identity and literature, published in a new book. Join the acclaimed writers as they share the experience of getting to know each other through writing and responding to each other’s carefully crafted and thought-provoking missives. Chaired by Magnus Linklater. Part of Scotland Goes Basque 2019.

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 their experiences in this special event featuring music, verse and discussion. The authors have worked with leading folk singer and harpist Rachel Newton to create a boundary-crossing performance exploring the similarities and differences between Scottish and Basque cultures. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.

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 Partridge share their experiences in a special event featuring music, verse and discussion. The authors have worked with leading folk musician Kate Young to create a boundary-crossing performance exploring the similarities and differences between Sami and Inuit cultures. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.

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 cellist Cris Derksen. Scottish musician Inge Thomson, from Fair Isle, presents new works inspired by the landscape there. Join them for an unmissable performance. Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

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 cellist Cris Derksen. Tara Beagan, a Ntlakapamux author who has written about the Beothuk human remains at the National Museum of Scotland, and Shetlandic poet Roseanne Watt, read from their latest works. Join them for this unmissable performance. Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

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 Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) writer Tayi Tibble share their experiences in a special event featuring music, verse and discussion. The authors have worked with leading Scottish Indian beatbox artist Bigg Taj to create a boundary-crossing performance exploring the similarities and differences between Gaelic and Maori cultures. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund

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 Atxaga to see himself and his home in unsettling new ways. Today, he is joined by translator Margaret Jull Costa, who brings Atxaga's work to life in English. Part of Scotland Goes Basque 2019.

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 Roseanne Watt share new music, verse, songs and discussion. The authors have worked with acclaimed Glasgow-based Kenyan musician Heir of the Cursed (aka Beldina Odenyo Onassis) to create a boundary-crossing performance exploring the similarities and differences between Caribbean and Shetlandic cultures. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund

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 new music, verse, songs and discussion. The authors have worked with acclaimed London-born musician and writer Luke Sutherland (who grew up in Orkney and studied in Glasgow) to create a boundary-crossing performance exploring the similarities and differences between indigenous Argentine and Scottish cultures. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund

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 Page. Tina Makereti, co-editor and contributor, is joined by author Whiti Hereaka to discuss culture, colonisation and the richness of Pasifika and Maori writing.

Anissa M Bouziane & Pierre Jarawan
FAMILIES IN FARAWAY LANDS
Saturday 24 August 15:30 - 16:30
Anissa M Bouziane and Pierre Jarawan look beyond the headlines to reflect real stories of the Middle East and North Africa. Bouziane’s Dune Song echoes her own experience of watching the Twin Towers collapse as she introduces Jeehan, who leaves New York after 9/11 to find a troubled life in Morocco. In Jarawan's The Storyteller, Samir gives up the relative comfort of his adopted German home to track down his father in Beirut. They discuss their ideas and new books with fellow author Karen Campbell.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi & Geovani Martins
MIGRANTS AND MISFITS
Sunday 25 August 17:00 - 18:00
Manchester-based Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Brazilian writer Geovani Martins live half a globe apart, but their searing short story collections both centre on being an outsider. Makumbi’s Manchester Happened features moving stories of Ugandans living in England, while Martins’s The Sun On My Head is set amid the inequalities of a notorious Brazilian favela. Chaired by director of Rio de Janeiro’s FLUPP literary festival, Julio Ludemir.

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