North East Tradition and Language

New Year Awards 2022

The richness and diversity of the North East’s Doric culture is set to receive a funding boost, thanks to the launch of the Doric Board New Year Awards 2022.  The Doric Board has just opened up the third annual awards to applications from projects which celebrate the region’s exceptional heritage of Doric language, music, ballad, song, story, history, lore – and the creativity of those who live and work in the area.

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 Language Publication Grant 2022

Scots Language Publication Grant 2022

The recipients of the Scots Language Publication Grant were announced on Monday with some familiar names mixed in with some new ones. The new titles which will be supported by the Grant are as...

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Bringing Hame Festival Launched

Bringing Hame Festival Launched

A new festival celebrating the story of the North-East Scotland was launched on Monday. The Bringing Hame Festival will be held between the 7th-10th July in partnership with the University of...

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Scottish Traditional Archive Day

Scottish Traditional Archive Day

Folklorist Steve Byrne tells Frieda Morrison aboot a new initiative wi plans tae archive oor musical cultural treasures. Mair information is available fae the Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland...

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Strichen Festival 2022

Strichen Festival 2022

The Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen in Aberdeenshire is returning this year, with a series of musical competitions and events planned for this weekend. More information about the festival is...

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The Spirit of Banffshire

The Spirit of Banffshire

By Professor Peter Reid, Robert Gordon University I am delighted that we have produced this film, entitled Spirit of Banffshire in collaboration with the Lord Lieutenant. It accompanies his new book...

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The Book of Deer Project

The Book of Deer Project

As part of Scotland’s ‘Year of Stories’, the Book of Deer is returning to North-East Scotland, presented by the Book of Deer Project. You can read more below about the range of activities planned...

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Kist o Riches Storytelling Evening

Kist o Riches Storytelling Evening

Kist o Riches (or Tobar an Dualchais in Gaelic) is a special evening of storytelling in Scots and Doric which will take place on Saturday 7 May. There are almost 8,000 stories on the Kist o Riches...

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Special Features 

Book o Deer Project

Book o Deer Project

An Aberdeenshire Heritage Community Group welcomed guests to the Aden Heritage Museum in Mintlaw – to celebrate the return of one of Scotland’s most valuable treasures – ‘The Book o Deer’.  The book is thought to be the earliest examples of written Gaelic in...

Jackie Ross – North East Storyteller

Jackie Ross – North East Storyteller

In this year of stories, Jackie Ross, a director of the Doric Books Company, is one of the busiest storytellers in Scotland.Journalism student Esther Chizat from Toulon in France, wanted to find out more about Jackie’s company and plans for this year.So they both took...

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 ·...

North East Makar – Sheena Blackhall

North East Makar – Sheena Blackhall

Have look at these three special poems recorded by North-East Makar, Sheena Blackhall for the Doric Board: "Bawd bi the Dee" by Sheena Blackhall "Drumneachie Farm" by Sheena Blackhall "Veesions frae a Heilan Burn" by Sheena Blackhall