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News in Brief

Our hectic year of birthday celebrations is now at an end. Many thanks to all who took part. We were able to publicise the work of Scottish Language Dictionaries more widely than ever before and our splendid banners, purchased through the seed corn fund, are still attracting attention wherever we go.

We send our warmest congratulations to our former convener, Professor Christian Kay. On April 26th, she was made a Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies in a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland.

The launch of Dr. Chris Robinson's Modren Scots Grammar: wirkin wi wirds took place in the University of Glasgow's English Language Department on the 22nd February.


Gavin Wallace

We were much saddened to hear of the death of Gavin Wallace on 4th February. A champion of Scottish literature, Gavin was also a good friend to SLD. Throughout the period that SLD was funded by the Scottish Arts Council, Gavin was always ready to advise and support us. His reassurance in uncertain times was much appreciated.

Fittingly, Creative Scotland is setting up a fellowship in his name, offering a stipend for a writer. The Fellowship will carry a stipend of 20,000 for one year. The first Fellowship, in 201314, will be hosted by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

Davie Kerr

Davie Kerr, the West Lothian poet, passed away on 25th January. Regular users of the DSL will have noticed that his collection A Puckle Poems was excerpted for the second supplement. His well-crafted poetry, in Scots and English, is sometimes light and witty, sometimes dark and thought-provoking. It deserves to be better known. As a founder member of the West Lothian Broadly Scots Society, he was a tireless campaigner for the Scots Language.