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Soutar Festival of Words

Perth and Kinross’ ‘Soutar Festival of Words’ is a three-day celebration of readings, performances and conversations with writers, poets and storytellers from Scotland and beyond.

The Festival will run from 22nd to 24th April 2022 and will comprise of a blended programme of digital events and live performances from venues and outdoor locations across Perth and Kinross.

Many events are notable for their inclusion of Scots, such as:


Friday 22nd April


Dr Valentina Bold: ‘To ride oniewhaur: William Soutar and Scottish Tradition


Saturday 23rd April


Scots Language Centre: Scots Bookbug Session

Sheila Kinninmonth: Scottish Storytelling for families

Scots Opera: A Recital of Songs and Arias in Scots

Brian Holton: Hard Roads an Cauld Hairst Winds: Translations from Ancient China

Professor Fred Freeman: A Musical Introduction to the Scots Language

Celebration of Scots Language Panel Discussion

Billy Kirkwood and Hamish McDonald: Scots Comedy


Sunday 24th April


Ashley Douglas, Dr Dawn Leslie and Professor Jennifer Smith: The Status of Scots

Kathleen Jamie and Alistair Heather: In conversation