literature & poetry

Poetry for Preservation

Consider how poetry can play a role in the preservation of language and culture at a reading and Q&A session with Livonian and Scots poets.

Livonian is Finnic language spoken by just over 20 people in Latvia and is listed by UNESCO as critically endangered. Despite being much more widely known, and having a rich poetic tradition, Scots is listed as a vulnerable language.

This evening brings together Livonian poet and academic Valts Ernstreits, poet and translator Ryan Van Winkle, and Scottish poet and performer Stuart A Paterson in a discussion chaired by Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe.

The event is supported by Latvian Literature.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed

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This event is part of a National Poetry Library project responding to the accelerating loss of languages across the world. The Library is collecting poems in endangered languages for publication as part of the Endangered Poetry Project.
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