Schools interactive storytelling and language sessions

In partnership with the Ulster Scots Agency & the Ulster-Scots Network, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Councils Good Relations Programme will be facilitating Ulster-Scots themed language and storytelling workshops on Wednesday 22nd November at the Ballymac Hotel, to Primary Schools within the Council area, aimed at those young people in P5 & P6.

An open call for all schools to register their interest will be directly facilitated by Gary Blair from the Ulster-Scots Agency.

The young people will be piped in with traditional Ulster Scots music to add to the ambience of the theme and the interactive session will engage young people with a unique opportunity to learn more about the language and to celebrate the contribution which Ulster-Scots makes to life in our Council area.

Genealogy: Taster Session

In line with Ulster-Scots Leid Week, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Councils Good Relations Programme will be hosting a free genealogy session with renowned genealogy specialist Deirdre Speer-White. This interactive and engaging session will be held in the Bridge Community Centre from 6:30pm on Wednesday 22nd November, until 9:00pm.

To book a space, contact Community Services on 028 9244 7713 or email

The Woven Word: 360 degree video explores the Ulster Scots Rhyming Weaver poets

Produced by Virtual Visit in partnership with Hidden Ulster Tours and with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund, the series of ten short episodes provides an interactive VR (Virtual Reality) experience immersing viewers in the world of Ulster’s Rhyming Weavers – Ulster-Scots poets who flourished over the last few centuries. Presented by local historian and tour guide Lolly Spence, the series is filmed across various locations around Ulster. In each episode, viewers will get to learn about a particular poet, hear and read one of their poems being read in Ulster-Scots, while ‘virtually’ standing in the real-world location where the poem was written or is about, discovering a little history about the place and its connection to the poet and poem. The entire series is filmed in 360° video, meaning that you can turn and look around you in all directions, using your mouse or, for a truly immersive experience, a VR headset. All ten episodes can be accessed at

This Ulster-Scots poetry resource will transport viewers from around the world to places such as Slemish, Scrabo Tower and the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.