‘Tales fae the Doric Side’ Anthology & Teaching Pack

I’ve recently been involved in the ‘Tales fae the Doric Side’ project which showcases contemporary North-East Scots writing, drawn together in an anthology volume. The anthology targets a gap identified through conversations with teachers and others working in and around Scots, concerning a lack of new work written in Doric which is suitable for older students. The anthology can be purchased here via Doric Books: https://doricbooks.com/products/tales-fae-the-doric-side

The anthology compilation was supported The Friends of Elphinstone, Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, and funded by Creative Funding. Local writer, Jo Gilbert, spearheaded the project, supported by an editorial panel (which included Dr Shane Strachan, Mae Diansangu and Sheena Blackhall). The anthology was launched at an event at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen.

My part of the project was to produce a companion Teaching Pack to accompany the anthology. This is comprised of activities and questions that secondary schools and teachers can use in their Scots language work with pupils. The booklet is purposefully linguistically-focused (examining many of the main features of North-East Scots) as well as providing ample opportunity for youngsters to engage creatively with the material by using the anthology texts as stimuli. The Teaching Pack can be downloaded by clicking here.

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