Congratulations to The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales in Scots 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 James Robertson of The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales in Scots the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Itchy Coo wis foondit in 2002 wi the intent o creatin a new imprent for books in Scots for young readers – ‘braw books for bairns o aw ages’ as we pit it. It’s a pairtnership atween scrievers and editors Matthew Fitt and James Robertson and Black & White Publishing, and ower the years we hae published aboot 70 titles, wi the Hans Christian Andersen anthology bein the maist recent. It has an introduction by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and new versions o nine weel-kent tales by Sheena Blackhall, Susi Briggs, Thomas Clark, Ashley Douglas, Matthew Fitt, Val McDermid, James Robertson, Elaine C. Smith and Shane Strachan.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
Scots is Matthew’s mither tung while for James it wis aw aroond him as a bairn. Baith believe that the language is yin o Scotland’s maist valuable cultural assets as weel as bein integral tae the personal identity o millions o fowk. Sae they wantit tae mak books that wid bring Scots intae the schuils and intae the education o aw the bairns that bide in Scotland.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
Jist settin Itchy Coo up, keepin it gaun for 18 year and enjoyin the sheer pleisure that thoosans o bairns, teachers, parents and ithers get fae readin stories and poems in their ain language.
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
The follae-up book tae the Hans Christian Andersen yin wull be a collection o Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and we hae a wheen o ither plans for mair new titles in the years tae come.
Read more about The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales in Scots at Amazon.co.uk.
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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