The Many Voices podcast by Scottish PEN brings into focus voices that are often marginalised or silenced. In each podcast, we’ll hear discussions between writers involved in our Many Voices outreach project, readings, and a featured interview with a Scottish PEN member about the year-round work we do.
This week we travel to Orkney Library & Archive in Kirkwall to talk to writers Alison Miller and Ingun Christensen about their work with Orcadian writers, supporting literature in minority languages and weaving together multiple linguistic identities through writing. We also hear new poetry from some of the writers in Alison’s Orkney Voices writing group. Scottish Green Party MSP, Andy Wightman talks about the ongoing defamation case against him and what the current laws mean for free expression in Scotland.
Alison Miller is the author of the novel “Demo”, which was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. She has had poetry and prose published in anthologies and stories broadcast on BBC Radio Four. Alison, born and raised in Orkney, now lives there again.
Ingun Christensen is a Faroese writer who has published 6 books and several short stories. Ingun was raised in a bilingual home with a Faroese mother and Danish Father.
Andy Wightman is a Scottish Green Party MSP and researcher best known for his work on land ownership in Scotland. He is the author of "Who Owns Scotland" and "The Poor Had No Lawyers".
The podcast is hosted by Sasha De-Buyl Pisco and produced by Colin Fraser. Many Voices is funded by Creative Scotland.