Now in its second year, the Scots Language Publication Grant was created by the Scots Language Resource Network to support Scots publishers and to encourage Scots writers. It is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing.
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:
- The Itchy Coo Book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Saviour Pirotta, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, translated by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson (Itchy Coo/Black & White Publishing)
- Duck Feet by Ely Percy (Monstrous Regiment Publishing)
- The Leerie by Stuart Armstrong & Joseph Daly (Leerie Press)
- A Nicht Afore Christmas by Irene McFarlane & Rosemary Cunningham (Tippermuir Books)
- Ghost Polis by Matthew Fitt, But N Ben a Go Go (audiobook) by Matthew Fitt, Scotsaga by Donald Smith, A Short Story Collection in Scots by Gerda Stevenson and The Classics in Scots by William Imray Brown (Luath)
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.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney, said:
“The Scottish Government is a strong supporter of our indigenous languages, including Scots.
We want to support those who wish to learn and use the language and access new and exciting reading materials. These books are for adults and children, encouraging a love of Scots from an early age. We have invested £30,000 funding towards this grant for publishers. This is the second year that we have supported the grant and it is hoped it will foster the development of new writers.”
Rhona Alcorn, CEO of Scottish Language Dictionaries and Chair of The Scots Language Resource Network, said:
“The Scots Language Resource Network is incredibly proud of this grant. By helping Scots publishers publish new work in Scots, we directly influence the number of titles on the Scots language shelves of libraries and book shops, real and virtual. For those for whom Scots is a first or subsequent language, this broadening of choice is immensely gratifying.”
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:
“It’s fantastic to see a diverse range of titles receiving the Scots Publication Grant: from classic fairy tales to brand new zines. Our thanks to the Scottish Language Resource Network for their excellent recommendations, and to the Scottish Government for funding this programme which helps to support publications in the Scots language.”
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Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
- Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
- Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.
In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need the constant support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.