As the world becomes ever more generic, indigenous and minority languages, dialects and cultures struggle to survive. Language is built on not only what is spoken but what is unspoken; the richness of the social structure, climate, landscape, industry and many other aspects form the words we speak and more importantly how they are communicated.

As a Doric speaker myself and a native of the North-East I feel privileged and unique; it is an important life line to my homeland and to all those who live in the North-East. It is also a fascination to the many people I meet during my global travels.

Education at primary school level is key to the survival, understanding and continued interest in Doric and Doric culture. I feel honoured to have had this richness in my early education through speaking, reading, writing and  poetry reciting, all of which seamlessly transferred to the family environment.

Even having lived in England for over half my life, there is not a day that goes by whereby I’m not speaking Doric at some point – even if jist tae mesel!

Dame Evelyn Glennie, Scottish virtuoso multi-percussionist

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