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Changes at SLD

Scottish Language Dictionaries has undergone several changes since our last newsletter:


As a result of the general restructuring taking place at the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Language Dictionaries, along with several other Scots language organisations, were notified in May that our flexible funding would not be renewed after the end of the current financial year on 31 March 2009. This was quite a blow and staff of SLD were understandably concerned about the future.

The Scottish Arts Council were supportive and encouraging as always, and continued to work with us through the summer. We have recently received some good news which came in answer to our ongoing consultations: following a meeting of the Joint Board of Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, the Scottish Arts Council has confirmed further support for Scottish Language Dictionaries, among other Scots language and traditional arts organisations. SLD will be funded for an additional 6 months, at our current grant level, from April 2009. This will allow us to continue working while the Scottish Government's Audit of Scots Language Provision is completed (due November 2008) and taken forward. We are very grateful to the Scottish Arts Council for their support and determination to help negotiate the future for Scottish Language Dictionaries.

Staff changes

In August, Senior Editor Maggie Scott accepted a new post as lecturer with the University of Salford. We appreciate all the wonderful work she did in the five years that she was with us at SLD, and wish her all the best.

However, with a lexicographical team as small as ours, it was urgent that we find some help so that we could continue our work at our current rate.

At the end of September we were delighted to welcome Alison Grant as a new Assistant Editor. Alison will be working for SLD for six months while we continue to consider and develop options for future funding. Welcome Alison!

New edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary

Work on the new edition of the CSD remains our top priority. We continue to update the Word Collection from printed resources and data gathered during the course of various outreach projects.

Say It In Scots series

Our new Say It In Scots! series, launched in April, has been a tremendous success. The series consists of Scottish Placenames by Maggie Scott, Scottish Weather by Christine Robinson and Eileen Finlayson, Wha's Like Us? and Scottish Wildlife by Christine Robinson. At £4.99 each they make great stocking stuffers and you can get the whole set! For details on each of the titles, visit the Say It In Scots page on SLD's website.


SLD's celebrity auction raised over £900. We auctioned several items donated by Scottish stars of stage and screen on eBay, and we enjoyed seeing the items ourselves on their way through the office! We would like to warmly thank all the celebrities who very kindly donated items to our auction.