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National Library of Scotland's 'Oor Wullie®: guide tae Scots language' website

Oor Wullie
Oor Wullie ®© TM©DC Thomson & Co Ltd 2014

Scottish Language Dictionaries work in partnership with a range of organisations on a variety of projects, and our Outreach and Education Officer was delighted to work recently with the National Library of Scotland, D.C. Thomson and other key partners on their website 'Oor Wullie's guide tae Scots language'. It has been developed with input from pupils and teachers in a number of Scottish schools. Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland's Languages, spoke at the launch about his enthusiasm for Oor Wullie's escapades and celebrated the Scots words evident in the site. Pupils and teachers from Gilmerton Primary School in Edinburgh, who have been involved in the project, shared their favourite Scots words. Oor Wullie's editor Morris Heggie is delighted with the positive response to the site from youngsters and educators alike.

STV's Digital Spark award

SLD's application for the STV Digital Spark award (#STVspark) was shortlisted along with four other finalists. The topic of the application was the upgraded DSL and how we could make use of digital media to continue to keep it up to date. Ann Ferguson represented SLD in the final, held in Dundee as part of the Dundee Literary Festival, and although we didn't win the award, her presentation was well received and she was credited on Twitter with the 'quote of the night so far' - which was 'Dictionaries are fab!' (which, of course, they are). Have a look at a few other tweets from the night on SLD's twitter page @scotsdictionars.

Book Week Scotland 2014

SLD has linked up with libraries and schools to mark Book Week Scotland 2014 from 24th-28th November and to celebrate literacy and Scots. Look out for the Book Week Scotland free publication 'Scotland's Stories of Home' with contributions in Gaelic, Scots and English.

Sponsor a Scots word for Christmas

Have you thought of sponsoring a Scots word as a Christmas gift? Sponsoring a word costs only £20, and all funds go towards funding and publicising our work. You can download a form from our website Sponsor a Word page.

We are also keen to promote the scheme with community groups, businesses and schools. Some schools choose to sponsor a Scots word to open up discussion on Scots language.