Come in - wir blyde ta see you!
Explore the Shetland ForWirds website to find:
- Voices from people living in different parts of Shetland;
- John Graham’s Shetland Dictionary, including a history of the dialect;
- Resources for teachers and students of all ages;
- Poetry, prose and drama with texts and sound clips;
- Oral history, stories, songs, rhymes and proverbs; a selection of Guddicks (riddles).
- A list of reference works.
Explore the sounds of Shetland dialect with our sound map of the isles.
View John J. Graham's Shetland Dictionary (2009) online, with sound files attached.
Learn more about the dialect, access educational materials and much more
Concert at Mareel featuring David Sherry and Shetland ForWirds
David Sherry is a performance artist from Glasgow. Shetland ForWirds will celebrate the Shetland dialect in poetry, song, story and music.Tickets from Shetland Arts.
Doors Open Day at Unst Heritage Centre
Shetland ForWirds is visiting Unst on Sunday 29th September to listen to Unst voices, discuss words, especially Unst words, and have a lightsome dialect afternoon. All welcome. Bide a peerie start or set you at for a while, we'll be blyde ta see you! Admission free. Part of Doors Open Days 2019
We are grateful to Jonathan Church, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and colleagues of Arcadia University for their help developing the idea of the website in the early stages.