[lg policy] Creative Scotland commits to promoting Scots language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 14:21:50 UTC 2015

Creative Scotland commits to promoting Scots language

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A new writer-in-residence based at the National Library of Scotland will
lead Creative Scotland’s drive to promote the language.
[image: Photo of someone writing]
Caleb Roenigk (CC BY 2.0)

Creative Scotland is investing £50k in a writer-in-residence programme to
help promote the Scots language. The move is part of its new Scots Language
which outlines its commitment to supporting the language that 1.5 million
people in Scotland can speak.

The ‘Scots Scriever’ will be based at the National Library of Scotland.
During a two-year residency, the role will be split between creating new
work in Scots and promoting the language. Creative Scotland hopes it will
be a “highly visible” role, working across the cultural sector, communities
and schools. The Scriever will also help Creative Scotland create a ‘Scots
awareness and training programme’ for its staff, partners and the
organisations it funds.

In its policy the funding body commits to working with partners “to
showcase the value of Scots in the arts, screen and creative industries,
nationally and internationally”. It also plans to increase the use of the
language in its communications, and funding applications will now be
accepted in Scots.

Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Publishing and Languages at Creative
Scotland said: “We have provided support for Scots across a range of art
forms for many years now including literature, theatre, music and film.
What this policy does, however, is provide focus for our efforts to support
the language in all its variants and dialects, generating a sense of
renewed energy and intent.”
Frances Richens <http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/profile/frances-richens>


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