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First Scots Gaitherin takes place in Glasgow

In Scots

On Friday 27 September, A Scots Gaitherin o scrievers, braidcasters, playwrights, musicians an performers whae yaise the Scots language will jyn wi fellae industry professionals warkin athort the airts an education tae forder mair yaise o Scots in creative life oot-through Scotland.

Takkin place durin this year’s United Nations Year o Indigenous Language, the event is hostit by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government an Education Scotland at The Piping Centre in Glesga, whaur mair nor ae hunner delegates will hear fae speikers includin the bard and novelist James Robertson, rapper Dave Hook, scriever Gerda Stevenson, performer Harry Josephine Giles forby playwright Morna Young.

Topics tae be blethert anent on the dey include the role o Scots language in contemporary braidcastin; wimmen’s vyces in indigenous language contexts; the yaise o Scots language in creative practick; an international collaborations an hou Scots language gangs thegither wi ither language networks.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney seyed: “A’m blythe tae attend the first mensefu Scots language gaitherin in a wheen years, hostit by Creative Scotland an supportit by the Scottish Government an Education Scotland.

“This byous gaitherin taks tent o the braw wark o a muckle hantle o organisations whae aye develop an forder the yaise o Scots in iveryday life.

“We ken the important role that the language pleys fur monie fowk athort the kintra, an this gaitherin gies the opportunity tae engage wi Scots speikers fur tae better unnerstaun the trauchles.”

Mairi Kidd, Heid o Literature, Languages & Furthsettin at Creative Scotlandseyed: “We’re blythe tae be pairtnerin wi Education Scotland an the Scottish Government on the Scots Gaitherin. Creative Scotland taks tent o an appreciates the muckle role that Scots language has pleyed, forby aye pleys, in shapin the cultural launscape o Scotland. Warkin in pairtnership wi colleagues fae athort education an the cultural sector, the day is a step forrit taewart findin imaginative weys o forderin mair yaise o Scots in creative life oot-through Scotland.”

A Scots Gaitherin coincides wi the 1st annual Scots Language Awards takkin place on the evenin o Friday 27 September at Glesga’s Mitchell Theatre. Hostit by Hands Up for Trad, the Awards will tak tent o byordinar contributions tae the culture an ongaun development o the leid.

In English

On Friday 27 September, A Scots Gaitherin of authors, broadcasters, playwrights, musicians and performers using the Scots language will join fellow industry professionals working across arts and education to encourage the increased use of Scots creative life across Scotland.

Taking place during this year’s United Nations Year of Indigenous Language, the event is hosted by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland at The Piping Centre in Glasgow where over 100 delegates will hear from speakers including poet and novelist James Robertson, rapper Dave Hook, author Gerda Stevenson, performer Harry Josephine Giles and playwright Morna Young.

Topics for discussion on the day will include the role of Scots language within contemporary broadcasting; women’s voices within indigenous language contexts; the use of Scots language within creative practice; international collaborations and how Scots language connects with other language networks.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney said: “I am pleased to attend the first significant Scots language gathering in a number of years, hosted by Creative Scotland and supported by Scottish Government and Education Scotland.

“This special gathering highlights the great work of a variety of organisations who continue to develop and encourage the use of Scots in everyday life.

“We know the important role the language plays for many people across the country and this gathering provides the opportunity to engage with Scots speakers to better understand the challenges.”

Mairi Kidd, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing at Creative Scotland said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government on the Scots Gaitherin. Creative Scotland values and appreciates the important role that Scots language has played, and continues to play, in shaping the cultural landscape of Scotland. Working in partnership with colleagues from across education and cultural sector this day is a step towards finding imaginative ways of encouraging more use of Scots in creative life across Scotland.”

A Scots Gaitherin coincides with the first annual Scots Language Awards taking place on the evening of Friday 27 September at Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre. Hosted by Hands Up for Trad, the Awards will recognise exceptional contributions to the culture and ongoing development of the language.

Reproduced from Creative Scotland’s news release. 

September 27, 2019

Scots Language Publication Grants announced

Nine new titles in Scots have been awarded funding by the Scots Language Publication Grant. Funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Book Trust, the Scots Language Publication Grant was created by the Scots Language Resource Network to support Scots publishers and to encourage Scots writers.

Applications were assessed by a panel with expertise in Scots and publishing, including a writer and representatives from Creative Scotland, Education Scotland and Publishing Scotland.

The successful titles are:

  • Burds in Scots by Hamish MacDonald (Scotland Street Press)
  • The Complete Works of William Soutar by William Soutar (Tippermuir Books)
  • Daisy On the Outer Line by Ross Sayers (Cranachan)
  • Deep Wheel Orcadia by Harry Josephine Giles (Stewed Rhubarb)
  • The Itchy Coo Book of Hans Christian Anderson by Itchy Coo (Black and White Publishing)
  • The Last Berry by Susi Briggs (Curly Tale)
  • Modern Makars by Irene Howatt, Ann Macinnon and Finola Scott (Tapsalteerie)
  • Roads to Nae Wye by Christie Williamson (Luath)
  • Wheen by Stuart Paterson (Chapman)

The Scots Language Publication Grant provides assistance for publishing new work (including translated texts), reprinting existing historical or culturally significant work, and also effective marketing and promotion of existing and new work.

 

Scots Language Resource Network

The Scots Language Publication Grant is administrated by The Scots Language Resource Network, which meets twice a year to discuss the coordination and publication of new and existing resources (online and in print) that support speakers, readers, writers, teachers, learners and students of Scots. It currently includes representatives from the following organisations:

ASLS

Creative Scotland

Education Scotland

Glasgow Women’s Library

Historic Environment Scotland

Literature Alliance Scotland

National Library of Scotland

Publishing Scotland

Scots Language Centre

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Language Dictionaries

Scottish Poetry Library

SQA

Ulster Scots Agency

Wigtown Book Festival

Via Scottish Book Trust

July 30, 2019

#MakeSomeones Day this St Andrew’s Day

This year’s Scottish Government campaign for St Andrew’s Day focuses on fairness and inclusivity by asking people in Scotland to carry out an act of kindness for someone to make their day.

The idea is to show collectively that we care and if everyone does one small thing on 30 November, together we can make a big difference.

Whether it’s helping an elderly neighbour or popping in to your local food back with some donations, anyone can #MakeSomeonesDay – no matter how big or small.

You could also tie this idea to your organisation or campaign by asking people online to help raise awareness, donate or share information.

Don’t forget to use the hashtags #MakeSomeonesDay and #StAndrewsDay on Twitter and you can follow activity on @ScotGov or @CultureScotGov

Here’s a link to the toolkit for more info and to download logos.

November 26, 2018

School Library Strategy development set for Autumn 2017

The Scottish Government is to start developing a School Library strategy this Autumn.

The news was confirmed in a recent response letter to the Public Petitions Committee regarding the ongoing petition by Duncan Wright, Trustee of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), asking for a strategy as part of his ‘Save Scotland’s School Libraries’ campaign.

LAS welcomes the positive news and encouraging step forward in the Scottish Government’s response, which states:

“SLIC (Scottish Library Information Council) will lead the development of the strategy in collaboration with key partner organisations. The strategy will build upon the work undertaken by SLIC with Education Scotland to develop and integrate librarian-focused guidance into the main ‘How Good Is Our School 4’ (HGIOS4) whole school self-evaluation framework.

“Development and engagement on the strategy will begin in the autumn, following the publication of the new HGIOS4 guidance on school libraries.

“It is important that the aims, objectives and content of the strategy are developed in a collaborative way.

“The engagement to develop the strategy will therefore include all key stakeholders, including the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional in Scotland (CILIPS) and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).

“The aim is for the final strategy to be agreed and published ahead of the 2018/19 school year. The detailed timetable for the work will be developed and agreed with SLIC during the course of summer 2017. Officials will also contact CILIPS and the petitioner himself in order to clarify the timetable and the process to develop the strategy.”
July 4, 2017