North East Tradition and Language

New Year Awards 2023

The richness and diversity of the North East’s Doric culture is set to come under the spotlight once again, thanks to the launch of the Doric Board New Year Awards 2023.  The Doric Board has just opened up the fourth 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 

Dates announced fur Languages Week Scotland 2023

Dates announced fur Languages Week Scotland 2023

The dates an theme fur a week lang celebration o language in 2023 his been announced bi Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT). Next year’s Languages Week Scotland will be held atween 30th January an 3rd February, wi activities taen place in…

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New website celebrates female figures o North-East Scotland

New website celebrates female figures o North-East Scotland

A new website is aiming tae tell the stories ahind some o the maist famous women wi links tae the North-East o Scotland, while also focusing on mony who hiv perhaps remained undervalued. The Quinepedia website is a “biographical dictionary of North-East women” which his been inspired bi…

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TedX Talk – ‘Is Doric Dying?’

TedX Talk – ‘Is Doric Dying?’

‘Is Doric Dying?’ - That’s the title of the speech that local entrepreneur, Lauren Hay will be presenting at this year’s TED Talk organised by TEDX Aberdeen. A unique line up of speakers will be...

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Special Features 

TedX Talk – ‘Is Doric Dying?’

TedX Talk – ‘Is Doric Dying?’

‘Is Doric Dying?’ - That’s the title of the speech that local entrepreneur, Lauren Hay will be presenting at this year’s TED Talk organised by TEDX Aberdeen. A unique line up of speakers will be presenting their insights into a diverse list of topics at the Aberdeen...

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…

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

The Puddock

The Puddock

A special adaption o ‘The Puddock’ for video produced bi Cameron Lawie. The storyteller is Jackie Ross fae Doric Books an it has…

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…

Love Golf

Love Golf

Aroon 290,000 golf fans will be gaitherin in St Andrews this week for the 150th Scottish Open. The event is forecast tae provide £200 million tae the economy an stimulate even mair interest in the game. But fit has made this sport so popular. Frieda Morrison jines golf professional…

North East Makar – Sheena Blackhall

Special Poem from North-East Makar – Sheena Blackhall

Have a look at another special poem recorded by North-East Makar, Sheena Blackhall for the Doric Board. This one is being used by the Dictionaries of the Scots Language as part of their anniversary celebrations of A.J (Jack) Aitkin's 100th birthday. Aitkin was editor...