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Mother Tongue Other Tongue Celebration Event

2:00pm-5:00pm on Wednesday 31 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Led by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the Mother Tongue Other Tongue project has been rolled out nationally as a Laureate Education Project.

There are two strands to the competition:

Mother Tongue encourages children, who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue and to explain what it means to them.

Other Tongue encourages children learning another language to use that language creatively by writing a poem in that Other Tongue.

This celebration event is an opportunity for the winners of the 2020 Routes into Languages East Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition to perform and display their entries.

The presenter will be Slam Poet Champion, Joelle Taylor, who'll be delighting the audience with performances of her own poems too.

The event will also include a book launch for the MEITS ( project book How Languages Changed My Life, a collection of stories exploring the importance of languages in shaping the lives of individuals and communities around the world. Written in a first-person narrative, the stories provide intimate and often funny and moving accounts of individual life experiences and their deep connections to languages. Introduced by Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett, the collection embraces more than forty different languages and offers a kaleidoscope of individual views that collectively make the case for linguistic diversity being as essential to our survival as biodiversity. A must read for all those interested in languages, culture, adventure and global citizenship! Copies will be available on the day for the discounted price of £9 inc UK postage & packing.


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Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Theme: Environment, Society

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