Language and Self-Discovery (Interview with Waterstones’ Angie Crawford)


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How does language shape us? In the face of a growing globalised culture that can sometimes feel uniform, many people are seeking ways to maintain and express their individuality. Language – its history, structure and nuances – is one way in which we can explore our roots: it can help us remember who we are and what makes us unique.

In this episode, Angie Crawford, the Scottish books buyer for Waterstones Booksellers, discusses Gaelic and Scots writing, how literature in each language is now being received, and the important role literature plays in keeping languages – particularly minority ones such as Gaelic and Scots – alive.

The Think in Translation podcast is a literary podcast series featuring international authors, translators, publishers and booksellers, with the aim of making translated books accessible to all readers.

We post new episodes every second Thursday.

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