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Programme 7

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 May 2007

Seminars at the Francis Makemie Summer School and a new story from Charlie Gillen.

  • Series 14 Programme 7

    Liam opens this week’s programme with a chat to Dr Liam McIlvanney, a leading authority on Burns and Scottish poetry. Dr McIlvanney talks about his recently published piece, ‘Across the Narrow Sea: the Language, Literature and Politics of Ulster-Scots’ - and talks about the influence of Burns on Ulster-Scots poets.

    We’ve a new story from Charlie Gillen about ‘Spinsters and Erics’ about two old ladies and adventures in their hen run…

    At the Francis Makemie Summer School in east Donegal last weekend, Dr William Roulston delivered a seminar on how to look for your Ulster-Scots ancestors. Liam chats to William about the growing interest in tracing your family tree.

    Billy Hamilton of Newtowncunningham talks about the inspiration behind his poetry and reads ‘Cool, real cool’: and we finish the programme in Belfast’s Botanic Avenue with Edward Hanna, Convenor of the Queen’s University Ulster-Scots Association. Edward tells Liam about the interest in Ulster-Scots amongst the students and their programme of events including a showcase concert in the Mandela Hall.


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