With public voting open from Monday 5th October, get set to celebrate Scots culture and language online with an evening music concert on Friday 23rd October by the Iona Fyffe Trio, plus a Wee Gaitherin from 11am to 5pm and the 2020 Scots Language Awards at 8pm both on Saturday 24th October.
The Awards recognises the heroic efforts and work of the people and organisations who all champion Scots’ unique culture, music and words. Writer & Broadcaster Alistair Heather will host the inspiring evening presenting 11 Awards, including the Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award which this year goes to James Robertson, and performing will be Gerda Stevenson, Gary Robertson, Shona Donaldson and Jim Malcolm.
Hostin the ceremony an presenting the Awards is writer and broadcaster Alistair Heather. The eleven categories include: The Janet Paisley Services to Scots- which this year is awarded tae writer an editor James Robertson.
Performers Gerda Stevenson, Gary Robertson, Shona Donaldson an Jim Malcolm will entertain us at the Awards ceremony taking place on organiser’s Hands Up For Trad’s Facebook & YouTube channels Voting is open Monday 5th October at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scotslanguageawards
The Award Categories & Nominees are:
1) Scots Writer o the Year
2) Scots Media Person o the Year
- Colin Burnett
- Joanna Kopaczyk
- Paul McNichol and Ronny Costello, Dode Fox Podcast, (Dundee Utd Podcast)
- Stewart Bremner
3) Scots Bairns Book o the Year, sponsored by Scottish Government
- A Squatter o Bairn Rhymes by Stuart Paterson (Tippermuir)
- Asterix and the Olympic Gemmes by Matthew Fitt (Dalen Alba)
- Nib Nebs and the Last Berry by Susi Briggs (Curly Tale)
- Peppa and the Bonnie Unicorn by Thomas Clark (Black & White)
- Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers (Cranachan)
- The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen by various (Itchy Coo)
4) Scots Speaker o the Year
5) Young Scots Writer sponsored by Education Scotland
Due to the nature of this Award, Winners & Runners Up will be announced during the event.
6) Scots Teacher o the Year, sponsored by the Scottish Qualifications Authority
- Claire Kerr, St Andrew’s Primary School
- Eleanor Boyd, Hill of Beath Primary School
- Fiona MacNab, Fyvie Primary School
- Fiona McAllister, Lossiemouth High School
- Jamie Fairbairn, Banff Academy
- Jen Morrow, Braeview Academy, Dundee
- Sam Best, Smithycroft Secondary
- Shelley Procek, Carrongrange High School
7) Scots Schuil o the Year, sponsored by Itchy Coo and Black & White Publishing
- Banff Academy, Aberdeenshire
- Dunfermline High School, Fife
- Fyvie Primary School, Aberdeenshire
- Hill of Beath Primary School, Fife
- Lossiemouth High School, Moray
- Perth High School, Perth
- Smithycroft Secondary School, City of Glasgow
- St Andrew’s Primary School, Dumfries
8) Scots Project o the Year
- Champions 2020 – Scottish Poetry Library
- Doric Dwams wi Frieda Strachan and Shane Strachan
- Grow Radio
- Oor Vyce
- OU Scots Language and Culture course
- Wee Windaes – National Library of Scotland
9) Scots Business o the Year
- Cranachan Publishing
- Gie it Laldy, Glasgow
- Quirky Coo, Dundee www.quirkycoo.co.uk
- Susan McGill Designs
- The Wee Book Company https://www.theweebookcompany.com
10) Scots Performer o the Year sponsored by Tracs
11) Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Creative Scotland
Awardit tae James Robertson
Simon Thoumire of organisers Hands Up For Trad said: “I’m so thrilled at the calibre of this year’s incredible nominees for 2020’s Scots Language Awards, which in all ways are reflective of the pivots taking place within culture due to lockdown.”
Join us for that at 8pm free online, and in a new twist this year from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 24th October Laura Green of the Scottish Language Centre will lead a new free online programme of readings, fun and conversations called the Wee Gaitherin’ through Hands Up For Trad’s Facebook and YouTube.”
Organising body, Hands Up for Trad funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, was formed in 2002 and exists to increase the profile and visibility of traditional Scottish music and culture through information, advocacy and education to artists, participants and audiences.
In 2019, The United Nations Year of Indigenous Language, Hands Up for Trad launched this new annual award ceremony for Scotland’s vibrant cultural calendar, celebrating the best in the Scots Language, in association with Creative Scotland. In a prestigious ceremony at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library Theatre, the Award’s many other sponsors including Education Scotland and Itchy Coo / Black & White Publishing gathered together for an evening of music and entertainment in the country’s national language spoken by over 30% of the population, particularly in the central and borders regions, rewarding excellence in schools, communities and arts.
Bruce Eunson of Education Scotland said: “Followin on fae the inaugural awards in 2019, it’s fantastic tae see sae mony inspirin projects, books an fowk gittin a chance tae share an celebrate thir wark. We at Education Scotland ir delighted tae be involved agayn, an wid lik tae gie a big thank you tae aa the schuils, teachers, wee weans an braw bairns wha hiv excelled in thir use o Scots language in classrooms aa across the country.”
In 2021 the Awards are booked to take place in Dundee’s beautiful Marryat Hall, within the city’s Caird Hall, but for 2020 it’s all about making things happen to keep going forward whilst also celebrating and recognising those who work with the Scots language, and the event will take place online.
Scots Language has long been used by authors, spoken in our top films, and is experiencing a contemporary year on year resurgence via social media as communities connect led by the public, influencers and media alike.
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Notes to Editors:
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. They 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. They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.
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