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We asked Colin Burnett the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
My name is Colin Burnett and I’m 31 years old. I’m a public sociology graduate from Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh. I write Scots written short stories about working class Scotland by blending drama with comedy. My writing falls into the genre of sociological fiction. I seek to deliver an authentic voice to those who often go unheard in society, namely the working class. My work has addressed a variety of issues from mental health to poverty.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
My brother Michael Burnett is a Scottish playwright and he writes in Scots and I was encouraged to write in Scots by him. Also, when I read the works of Irvine Welsh and James Kelman I came to the realisation Scots has the right to be heard. Also I wanted to produce works that in the most literal sense speaks the language of myself and the people I know. I doubt very much my stories would have the same impact if I chose to write in English instead of Scots. Writing in Scots is a right and like any rights they are taken and not given freely.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
Mostly I self publish on my website ‘Ma Thoats’ and my work has been read by readers thousands of times from readers all over the world. I have been published by the Sociological Review, The Selkie and some other places online. I have had one of my stories aired on the radio at Indylive radio. Over the past year my work has reguarly published in the Scots Independent Newspaper. Also, I was recently published in a new anthology alongside a fantastic group of writers called You Are Not Alone Hope and Isolation by an indie publisher called the Storgy. Last year I applied for the New Scotland Writing Award and though I didn’t win I was given positive feedback by the panel. And I was flagged as a writer to watch out for which is something I’m proud of. The one thing I’m most proud of is the reaction my work has received from readers not just in Scotland but from overseas as well. As my stories and characters seem to really resonate with audiences
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
At the moment I’m trying to get my short story collection published. I write in the East coast dialect and I want to deliver an authentic repersentation of working class Scotland. Also, I’m working on a short film at the moment. I would love to get my short story collection published and then write a novel based on one of my characters Aldo.
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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