Minding Language is a series of events about poetry in these islands that unsettles the languages we use. Exploring Scotland’s many languages, minority language, multilingualism, translation, and ways of writing beyond and against English, the events bring together writers who are expanding the possibilities of language in our poetry and in our lives. Curated by Orkney writer Harry Josephine Giles, each event brings together two world-class poets in readings and conversations that explore new linguistic horizons for poetry.
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, now living in Leith. With a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling, Harry Josephine’s work generally happens in the crunchy places where performance and politics get muddled up. As a poet, Harry Josephine has toured globally, and their poetry collections Tonguit (2015) and The Games (2018) were shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year. Their new book Deep Wheel Orcadia – a science-fiction verse-novel written in the Orkney dialect – came out with Picador in October 2021.