The Pathfoot Press has had a quiet summer, due in large part to its director and lead designer welcoming their daughter into the world in June. As term draws nigh, however, we’re beginning to brush the dust off the quoins and blow cobwebs out of the type cases.
Our first project has been a small one. Printing produces many scraps of paper, some too small for anything but the recycling bin, others of a size to be creatively reused and this afternoon we did exactly that, taking off-cuts from a project undertaken early in the year and turning them into some – we hope! – thought-provoking bookmarks.
After years of campaigning, the 2011 census was the first to ask residents of Scotland whether they spoke Scots. 1.54 million people, or 30% of the population aged three and over, responded “yes” (see the analysis of the responses here). On the one hand, that’s a huge number, far larger than had often been assumed before. On the other, that means that 7 out of 10 residents of Scotland don’t speak the language of Burns and Dunbar, Henryson and MacDiarmid.
Since it was founded, one of the goals of the Pathfoot Press has been to support Scots-language literature, whether that means printing new work or reprinting old classics. But, as the statistics show, that literature isn’t fully accessible to many people and it’s that paradox which this small project reflects upon.
These bookmarks will be available at all Press events in the 2019-20 academic year (while supplies last).
What about you? Dae ye ken yer ane leid?
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