A group of North-East based writers are celebrating Doric’s diversity as they participate in a festival which celebrates the local area’s culture.

Mearns Writers have created a new podcast containing poetry and short stories in Doric as part of the Across the Grain Festival, organised by Live Life Aberdeenshire.

According to the group’s leader, Alistair Lawrie, their work is inclusive and wide ranging. “Whether you’re fae Skite or Fogieloan, the Blue Toon or Steenhive, whether you’re fae fisher folk, farm folk, a toonser or an inabootcomer lookin for a wee bittie o culture, I’m sure you’ll find somethin tae enjoy in oor podcast,” said Mr Lawrie.

Acting Chairman of Mearns Writers, John Wigham-Shirt added: “The warmth and kindness of Mearns folk over the years opened the door to another language that lends itself to poetry, song and humour.”

“Doric isn’t my native language but it’s my preferred language for writing poetry, with its musicality, lyricism, wry humour and rich expression.”

This is the fourth edition of the Across the Grain Festival which celebrates North-East culture through film, podcasts, poetry and song.

The festival will run from 2nd-3rd October and will predominantly be hosted online, with places available here – .https://www.livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/live-life-at-home/across-the-grain/

Mearns Writers

With more than 40 members, Mearns Writers are based in the areas surrounding Inverbervie and Stonehaven. The group was established 15 years ago to encourage creativity and mental wellbeing.

Amongst it works are a wide range of essays, plays and songs, with members including several award winning authors. Mearns Writers started podcasting during lockdown to provide a platform for writers to showcase their work.

You can hear their Across the Grain podcast here: https://anchor.fm/livelifeaberdeenshire/episodes/Across-the-Grain-with-Mearns-Writers-e16lgqm