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Annual Collogue, 8t June: Scots in Education

We will be holding our Annual Collogue on Saturday the 8th of June!

The venue will be the Sandeman Room in the AK Bell Library, Perth. It will run from 9.30am until 5pm.

Our theme this year will be Scots in Education. This is especially topical this year, given the opening of the first teacher training programme relating to teaching the Scots language. We are excited to welcome a variety of excellent speakers to give us their thoughts on this important topic!

In addition, we look forward to having winners from this year’s Sangschaw competition read their works.

We will be releasing the full programme of events very soon. In the meantime, get it in your diaries!

Sangschaw 2024 winners announced

As detailed in our previous news post, we have announced the winners of the 2024 Sangschaw. Our congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone that submitted. The quality was higher than ever before according to our editor, Wullie, and there were more submissions than ever before, so we all have something to be pleased about!

Album release: LEID

We said in our previous issue that Wullie was about to release his new album with the Bowhill Players: well, if you missed it, the album is out! You can listen to it and buy it on Bandcamp for download or as a CD. In this writer’s opinion, it’s not something you want to miss!

Book launch: Library of Aethers

The folk singer Alasdair Roberts will be in conversation with Wullie Hershaw about his new book, Library of Aethers, a collection from his fine and diverse lyric book. It includes over 70 original texts from his youth until the present, and translations into Portuguese, Gaelic, and, of course, Scots.

The event will be in Kirkcaldy on Friday the 19th of April. You can buy tickets to the book launch online.

SPL pamphlet fair

We will be one of many stalls at the Scottish Poetry Library Pamphlet Fair in Edinburgh on Saturday the 27th of April. Entry is free, 11am til 3pm at the Scottish Poetry Library on Crichton Street.

Scottish Languages Bill

The Scottish Languages Bill continues to saunter its way through the legislative process. The Society has submitted its contribution to the public consultation which will be considered by the Parliamentary Education Committee.

We have expressed our support for the principles of the Bill, in particular that Scots must be recognised as an official language of Scotland. We are mindful of the diverse situations of Scots and Gaelic and have expressed our concern that they are not treated in the same way.

We hope to publish our entire submission to the Education Committee in due course.

Meanwhile, we hope that the Education Committee will consider our submission and will consider calling us to present evidence in person.