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From YouTube: The Words We Carry


In ‘The Words We Carry’, poet and playwright Anne McMaster collaborates with local film-maker Jason Dunne to create a moving short film illustrating the power and beauty of Ulster-Scots. After drawing viewers gently into a reminder of many Ulster-Scots terms still used today, Anne shares a selection of her own new writings in Ulster-Scots. ‘The Words We Carry’ aims to bring the Ulster-Scots language to life by pairing contemporary Ulster-Scots poetry with a soundtrack and atmospheric images of the natural world. It reminds us that Ulster-Scots is a living language - both beautiful and expressive - and familiar to us all.

Anne McMaster is a poet, professional playwright, and voice actor. A former lecturer in both Performing Arts and English Literature in Northern Ireland and California, she now specialises in designing and/or facilitating projects focusing on dementia and creativity, theatre education and community development/cross-community projects in addition to her work as a creative writing mentor. She has adapted novels for the stage and has written/directed over 30 original plays. She designed bespoke theatre productions and projects for schools and theatres throughout Northern Ireland, was the director / facilitator of NI’s first deaf & deaf/blind theatre company and is the creative director of Hydra Theatre Company. Her poetry has been published both nationally and internationally and, during lockdown, she’s taken part in literary events and spoken word festivals in Ireland, the UK, and the US. Walking Off the Land, her debut poetry collection focusing on life on a small Ulster farm, was published in June 2021 by Hedgehog Poetry Press. She took second place in the Frances Browne Literary Festival (Ulster Scots) poetry section in early October 2021 and recently delivered a lecture as part of the ‘Island Voices 2021’ lecture series organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council. Anne is currently working on two additional poetry collections - one in Ulster-Scots and one in English.