Dialect’s a real talking point

THE distinctive dialects of Northumberland and the Borders will come under the spotlight in a free lecture this weekend.

Newcastle University Teaching Fellow Karen Lowing will deliver the 13th annual Roland Bibby Memorial Lecture, which is hosted by the Northumbrian Language Society (NLS) in memory of its founding Chairman.

The title of the presentation is Ane Instructioun for Bairnis to be Learnit in Northumbrian and Scottis: a study of Northumberland and Scots Language and Literature within the secondary classroom.

Ms Lowing will report on her work investigating the use of local speech patterns in the curriculum and the impact of incorporating regional language and literature on social inclusion within secondary and high schools.

The lecture will take place in the Corn Exchange of Morpeth Town Hall on Saturday.

Doors open at 1.30pm for refreshments and a chance to browse the publications stall before the lecture begins at 2pm.

Admission is free.

For more details contact NLS Secretary Kim Bibby-Wilson on 01670 513308 or visit www.northumbriana.org.uk