Created by the Edinburgh International Book Festival and supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund through Creative Scotland, Outriders sees five writers from Scotland undertake five extraordinary journeys across the Americas. This project explores the idea that in turbulent and shifting times, writers can contribute immeasurably to our understanding of the world, revealing untold stories and offering an entirely new perspective on places and events.
In Canada, Harry Giles, a performer and writer from Orkney based in Edinburgh, and Governor General’s Award Winning Métis writer Katherena Vermette, from Winnipeg, will travel from Montreal, QC through Winnipeg, then to Churchill, MB looking at minority and regional languages and the cultures that grow around them. Giles is looking to confront Scotland’s legacy as a colonising country, especially the role that Orkney migrants played in the colonisation of Hudson Bay. Katherena, also obsessed with all things HBC (Hudson's Bay Company), is currently immersed in Métis / Michif history. The Métis are the nation of people that emerged from Scottish, English and French fur traders and Indigenous people of the area, Cree and Anishnaabe. Their language, culture and systems of governance all reflect the partnership of these diverse groups of people. Katherena is a member of the Metis Nation of Manitoba and a descendent of these unions.
For more information about Outriders and to follow the authors’ journeys from Montreal, through Winnipeg to Churchill in Manitoba, click here.