Congratulations to Peppa’s Bonnie Unicorn who have been nominated in Scots Bairns’ Book o the Year sponsored by Scottish Government in the Scots Language Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Thomas Clark of Peppa’s Bonnie Unicorn the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Ah’m a scriever an owersetter bidin in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Ah’ve owerset a few bairns’ books intae Scots, namely the Diary o a Wimpy Wean books, which are furthset bi Itchy Coo. Peppa’s Bonnie Unicorn is the first ever Peppa Pig book translatit intae Scots, which is jist smashin an somethin ah’m awfy, awfy happy aboot.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
Ah grew up in the West Coast spikkin Scots, but it wisnae until ah flittit tae the Borders that ah really fund ma connection wi the leid. There’s no the same stigma attached tae the language here that ye aft find in the Central Belt. The guid fowk o the Borders gied me permission tae be prood o ma language, an ah’ll ayeweys be grateful tae them for thon.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
Winnin the Scots Language Award for Bairns’ Book o the Year in 2019 wis wan o the best nichts o ma life. The awards hae awready duin sae muckle tae heeze up the Scots language!
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
Ah’ve twa mair Diary o a Wimpy Wean books comin oot ower the next wee while-o: “Rodrick the Radge” an “Up Tae the Oxters”. Forby, ah’ve Scots bitties in twa ither forthcomin books in 2020, Luath’s “Scotland After the Virus” an the Scottish Book Trust’s “Future” anthology. Ootside o thon, ah’ve been wirkin on translatin poems frae Welsh, Irish an Gaelic intae Scots as pairt o the stoatin new digital poetry collaboration “Bàrd, File, Bardd”.
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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