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 

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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Doric Publishing Company Launch

Doric Publishing Company Launch

A new Doric Publishing Company his been launched wi the aim o encouraging mair stories tae be scrieved, telt an read in Doric. Doric Books wis the idea o author an illustrator, Aaron Gale an...

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“Doorways in Drumorty”

“Doorways in Drumorty”

PRESS RELEASE A one hour abridged version of the stage play Doorways in Drumorty, adapted from the book by Strichen born Hollywood screenwriter and author Lorna Moon, featuring the original cast of...

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Sheena Blackhall – SPL Ambassador

Sheena Blackhall – SPL Ambassador

North-East Makar, Sheena Blackhall has been appointed as a Scots Ambassador fur the Scottish Poetry Library. We wish Sheena an her fellow ambassadors Tom Murray, Martin Macintyre an Martin Malone...

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