Congratulations to Oor Vyce who have been nominated in Scots Project o the Year in the Scots Language Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Oor Vyce the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Oor Vyce is a campaign fir the lawfu recogneetion o the Scots leid.
Oor Vyce is a ceevic associe o fowk wi a personal or professional interest in the Scots tongue. The group is formed o Scots spikkers, entertainers, poets, makars, scrievers an academics. We’ve brocht oorsels thegither fae aa the airts an pairts of Scotland tae campaign fir the statutory recogneetion o the Scots leid by the Scots Pairlament wi a Scots Language Act.
Memmers elect a Executive Committee for the campaign, the present committee memmers are:
Euan Campbell (Chair)
Andrew Scott (Secretary)
Andrew Maitland (Treasurer)
Iona Fyfe (Fundraising and Social Media Officer)
Philip Reid (Membership Secretary)
Jack Capener (Political Officer)
Joanna Kopaczyk (Academic Officer)
Michelle Cameron (Equalities Officer)
Dawn Leslie (Ordinary Committee Member)
Neil Fergusson (Ordinary Committee Member)
Neil Kirk (Ordinary Committee Member)
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
Whit are we campaignin for?
We’re needin tae increase the provision and fundin fir Scots and pit forrit the presence o the Scots leid in Scotland’s cultur and public life by:
Giein the leid offeecial status wi a Scots Leid Act providin for the foonin o a statutory Scots Leid Board.
Contributin tae public policy and political processes tae mak sure that Scots is taen tent o in futur leid policies.
Giein Scots a position as a ilkaday wirkin, livin, and eedicational leid at the hairt o Scottish society wi equal status tae the English, the Gàidhlig and the British Sign leids.
Giein Scots a position as an offeecial national leid o Scotland, baith in law an fact.
Wi these actions thegither, we can mak siccar that Scots’ lang history hauds forrit in the 21st century an ayont.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
Wir verra first meetin wis the day efter the Scots Language Awards in 2019. In 2020, wiv constituted an haen an offeicial social media launch in June, thit wis gien coverage in National newspapers sic as The Times, The National, The Scotsman, The Morning Star amang ithers.
In August, we hostit a free roundtable event on oor Facebook page, wi Alistair Heather, Billy Kay an Joanna Kopaczyk. It wis viewed ower 2500 times.
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
Filst oor main aim is tae lobby the pairliament fir a Scots Language Act, wir gan ti be haudin mair free online events – education roundtable, blethers, interviews an ither events. In a warld wi nae COVID, we wid be giy keen tae hae a physical launch an gaitherin o fowk fa support a leid act.
The Scots Language Awards 2020 will be online at www.scotslanguageawards.com. We will have a mixture of events on the 23rd / 24th October. Performing at the Award on Saturday 24th September will be Gerda Stevenson, Gary Robertson, Shona Donaldson and Jim Malcolm.
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