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SLD staff

Our main news is that we have a new member of staff. We welcome Catherine McDonald, who has just joined SLD as Adminstrator. Ruth Martin is moving to editing, to work on the second edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary (CSD2), where her lexicographical experience — which started with the first edition of CSD — will be invaluable.


A fundraising project entitled 'Enjoy the Scots language' has been started on Crowdfunder (www.crowdfunder.co.uk) to raise funds to support Scottish Language Dictionaries' visits to schools and community groups. The money raised would help to cover the costs of the postcards and leaflets which we share with groups on visits. Schools and groups give us donations to cover our travel costs but not all groups can afford to do this. Funding would help us reach more groups and disseminate information about SLD and Scots more widely. This is a new venture for SLD and we would greatly appreciate your 'pledges' of support. We are aiming to raise £800 by 24th July.

Other news

We continue to be busy with our main projects: in addition to CSD2, we are working on the upgraded version of the online Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) which is due to be launched later this year. SLD continues to be in demand for visits and other outreach activities - one example being the judging of the CAPE competition as described by Elaine Webster in this newsletter.

Gavin Douglas flagstone
Just after the publication of our last newsletter, there was a ceremony in Makars' Court, Edinburgh, to unveil a commemorative flagstone to Gavin Douglas (1476-1522), the great Scottish poet most known for the Eneados, his sparkling translation into Scots of Virgil's Aeneid. Douglas joins 36 other Scots writers commemorated by paving stones in Makars' Court, each featuring a short quotation from the writer's work. The inscription on Douglas's stone translates as: "make it broad and plain, keeping no southern, but our own language".

The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy

For language that sparkles in a different way, this superb example of the art of poetic insult will be performed in Stirling Castle this September as part of the Stirling Fringe. A further performance will take place in Edinburgh in November as part of Previously... Scotland's History festival. The poem is contextualised by Dr Katie Stevenson who introduces the audience to the Court of James IV and by SLD's Dr Chris Robinson who explores Dunbar and Kennedy's use of language. Dunbar and Kennedy themselves revel in the Older Scots vocabulary and bring to life a contest that is as vicious as it is amusing. Watch this website for further details.