North East Tradition and Language

Doric Phrase Week: April 24th to May 1st 2021

The North-east o Scotlan enjoys a unique collection o Doric wirds an phrases. Maist o them are handit doon throw generations, an some are gyan oot o wir ivvery-day spik. So jine us an enjoy the fun, as we celebrate iss trissure o wirds an phrases.

Welcome Tae The Doric Board

North East Tradition An Language

 

The North-East o Scotland is hame tae an exceptional heritage o language, music, ballad, song, story, history an lore – alongside the dynamic creativity o fowk faa bide an wirk there. A key element in ess heritage, is North East Scots, (generally kent as Doric) the expressive tongue in fit mony North-Easters spik, think an feel.

A sma gaitherin o like-minded fowk cam the gither recently, tae energise public appreciation o this heritage an formed The Doric Board (North-East Tradition an language – NETAL). The main aim o The Doric Board will be, through advocacy, campaignin, education, events and fundin, is tae enhance linguistic an cultural confidence in the North-East, an be a powerful vyce for social, and economic regeneration – and a driver towards a national Scots Language Board. The Doric Board aims tae create an support a sustainable, dynamic future for Doric as a vibrant language – respected across the region in the context o a divers an open society.
It is the intention o The Doric Board, tae support the aims bi promotin an developin Doric as an integral pairt o the region’s heritage, identity an cultural life. Oer mony decades Doric his suffered, like the Scots language generally, fae bein seen as somehoo lackin in value.
Fooiver, The Doric Board will wirk towards promotin an facilitatin access tae the region’s cultural treasures through its language, an increase the acceptance o Doric in education, the workplace an in the media. Tae dae this effectively, the Doric Board will wirk wi The Scottish
Government, local authorities, universities, schools and colleges – tae improve provision an accessibility across aa sectors, baith for native spikkers – an importantly, learners.

Welcome to the Doric Board

North East Tradition And Language

 

The North-East of Scotland is home to an exceptional heritage of language, music, ballad and song, story, history, and lore, alongside the dynamic creativity of those who live and work there. A key element in this heritage is North-East Scots (generally known as “Doric”), the expressive tongue in which many North-Easters speak, think, and feel.

A small group of like-minded people came together recently to energise public appreciation of this heritage and formed The Doric Board (North-East Tradition and Language – NETAL). The main aim of The Doric Board will be, through advocacy, campaigning, education, events and funding, is to enhance linguistic and cultural confidence in the North-East, and be a powerful voice for social, and economic regeneration, and a driver towards a national Scots language Board. The Doric Board aims to create and support a sustainable, dynamic future for Doric as a vibrant language – respected across the region in the context of a diverse and open society.

It is the intention of The Doric Board to support these aims by promoting and developing Doric as an integral part of the region’s heritage, identity, and cultural life. Over many decades Doric has suffered, like the Scots language generally, from being seen as somehow lacking in value. However, The Doric Board will work towards promoting and facilitating access to the region’s cultural treasures through its language, and increase the acceptance of Doric in education, the workplace and in the media. To do this effectively, the Doric Board will work with Scottish Government, local authorities, universities, schools and colleges to improve provision and accessibility across all sectors, both for native speakers, and importantly, learners.

News and Press 

Scots Radio Has Won

Scots Radio Has Won

Delighted tae announce that Scots Radio, the team behind the Doric Film Festival, has won the award for 'excellence' in the Radio Magazine category of the International Celtic Media Festival. On...

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The Great Scottish Canvas

The Great Scottish Canvas

Congratulations to North East Makar, Sheena Blackhall on being one of the artists chosen to be part of the Great Scottish Canvas which is a virtual exhibition created by WWF – to be featured as part...

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Poetry of Moray Book Released

Poetry of Moray Book Released

A collation of Moray's best poetry will be released today (30th August), including famous poems written in Doric, English and Scots by folk from the region. "Poetry of Moray: 1448-1984" has been...

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Alexander ‘Sandy’ May MBE (1945-2021)

Alexander ‘Sandy’ May MBE (1945-2021)

It was with sadness that the members of The Doric Board learnt of the death of one of the stalwarts of North-East culture on 29th July 2021. Sandy May of Longside in Aberdeenshire, recently awarded an…

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Poetry of Moray

Poetry of Moray

A huge congratulations to Richard Bennet for editing “Poetry in Moray: 1448-1984”, a collection of many famous poems produced by Moray folk in English, Scots and Doric. The book has been published by Spey Books and supported by the Doric Board…

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Doric Film Festival 21

Doric Film Festival 21

On behalf o the team an the film-makers – we present the chosen films for the Doric Film Festival 21. Discover the films on the Doric Film Festival website an check oot the presentation video below....

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Fraserburgh Prepares for Doric Month

Fraserburgh Prepares for Doric Month

Fraserburgh is set to embark on a project dedicated to the Doric language throughout August. Doric Month will be supported by Shop Fraserburgh and the Phoenix Fund, a one-off grant made available to eligible Aberdeenshire…

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Doric Books Launches Second Book

Doric Books Launches Second Book

A publishing house which specialises in books written in Doric has released their second book since their launch last month. Doric Books are set to launch ‘The Puddock’, an illustrated version of the popular JM Caie poem about…

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Heart of the Land

Heart of the Land

The National Library o Scotland celebrates "Sunset Song" by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Chair o the Doric Board, Frieda Morrison, wis delighted tae be asked tae contribute her ain personal response tae...

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Special Features 

A Sense of Place – Jackie Ross

A Sense of Place – Jackie Ross

In ess episode, Jackie Ross taks Finn Nixon doon the ferm road tae a place that huds the start o a special North East story – foo o kidnaps, adventure an slavery. Afore that we hear fae Jackie aboot plans for the new Doric Books Publication company. The Doric Board ·...

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