Cranachan and Black & White scoop Scots language grants

Cranachan and Black & White scoop Scots language grants

Indies Cranachan and Black & White are among the publishers awarded funding from the Scots Language Publication Grants. 

Nine new titles have been awarded grants, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Book Trust. The grant was created by the Scots Language Resource Network to support Scots publishers and to encourage Scots writers.

Cranachan's Daisy On the Outer Line by Ross Sayers scooped a grant from the £40,000, while The Itchy Coo Book of Hans Christian Anderson by Itchy Coo (Black and White Publishing) was also awarded funding. 

Hamish MacDonald's Burds in Scots (Scotland Street Press); Deep Wheel Orcadia by Harry Josephine Giles (Stewed Rhubarb) and The Complete Works of William Soutar (Tippermuir Books) were also given grants, alongside The Last Berry by Susi Briggs (Curly Tale) and Modern Makars by Irene Howatt, Ann Macinnon and Finola Scott (Tapsalteerie).

Roads to Nae Wye by Christie Williamson (Luath) and Wheen by Stuart Paterson (Chapman) round off the titles awarded grants. 

Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Congratulations to those who have been successful in securing a Scots Language Publication Grant. The first year of funding will support a diverse range of titles, from children’s books to poetry and non-fiction. It’s great to see so many fantastic Scottish publishers supporting Scots language titles.”

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 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.
 
Rhona Alcorn, c.e.o. of Scottish Language Dictionaries and chair of The Scots Language Resource Network, said: “We are immensely grateful to the Scottish Government for supporting this important initiative. There is a huge appetite for books in Scots and the successful titles clearly demonstrate that the language is thriving in multiple genres. I can’t wait to read them!”

Deputy first mnister John Swinney added: “I am pleased that the first year of the Scots Publication Grant has been such a success, with overwhelming interest from publishers and an extremely high standard across all the books that were submitted. It shows the wealth of talent and interest we have in the language, and strengthens the case for the Scottish Government’s support of Scots and those who wish to use it.”