Language Conference on Isle of Orkney

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Sep 25 15:56:55 UTC 2008

Forwarded From: John Kirk <j.m.kirk at>
Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Ninth International Conference on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster
Orkney College, University of the Highlandsand Islands.
July 21-25 2009

First Circular and Call for Papers.

       The Forum for Research in the Languages of Scotland and Ulster
is pleased to announce that the ninth conference in this series will
be held in July 2009.  Following the success of the 2006 conference in
Islay, we have again selected an island venue; and the conference well
be held in Orkney College, Kirkwall.
       The rich heritage of the Northern Isles, with their unique
Norse-influenced cultures and well-preserved local dialects, provide a
wealth of material for discussion; and it is anticipated that many
papers presented at the conference will draw on this.  Among the
scholars who have already offered papers are
Magnus and Andro Linklater, "Eric Linklater and Orkney"
Andrew Noble, "Edwin Muir: Orkney and Scotland"
Edna Longley, "Irish and Scottish Island Poems"
Michael Longley, "My Orkney Poems"
Peder Gammeltoft, "Shetland and Orkney Island-Names – A Dynamic Group"
— and several others have been approached, including Peder Gammeltoft,
Donna Heddle,  Berit Sandnes and Doreen Waugh.
As always, however, papers on any other aspect of the languages of
Scotland and Ulster will be welcome.  Offers are cordially invited,
and should be sent by 15 October 2008, by e-mail or by post to the
following address:
J. Derrick McClure,
School of Language and Literature,
King's College,
Aberdeen University,
Old Aberdeen AB24 2UB,
Details regarding conference fees and the social programme will be
announced in future circulars, of which the next will be sent out in
September 2008.
       The Forum Committee looks forward to hearing from you, and to
welcoming you to the conference next summer.
J. Derrick McClure
(Chairman, FRLSU)

E-mail: j.d.mcclure at

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