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Crowdfunding success for The Puddock

By David Porter

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A bid to publish a new children's work in Doric has proved successful, leading to an exciting fortnight for Doric Books CIC.

They have just published their second book after a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for printing costs.

Jackie Ross, of Doric Books CIC, explained, "We ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to print an illustrated version of The Puddock, a popular poem by JM Caie about a boastful frog.

2One of the options was for people to purchase a set of books to donate to a local school.

"A very kind donor chose to gift ten copies of Auld McDonald Hid a Fairm and ten copies of The Puddock to Keig Primary."

Jackie delivered the books to a delighted group of pupils at Keig Prmary.

"These new books will inspire the pupils to further engage with their local language and culture," said Jane Murison, the head teacher, "We are very grateful to the kind person who donated them to us."

Rhyne Primary have also received a pack of books curtesy of Helen Gibson who now lives on the Isle of Man but whose granddaughter and great-grandchildren still live in the village.

Helen said: "My daughter Mary, and my grandson Jake, both recited The Puddock with relish in their school days, so it's special to me."

Her great-grandson Ross is 'fair chuffed tae be carrying on the tradition'.

As well as the publication of 'The Puddock' last week, Doric Books also learned that Jackie Ross has been nominated in the Best Speaker category of the Scots Language Awards for her work to promote the Doric Language.

Jackie Ross reading Auld McDonald Hid a Fairm to families at Orbs Community Bookshop, accompanied by Aaron Gale (author and illustrator) and his daughter.
Jackie Ross reading Auld McDonald Hid a Fairm to families at Orbs Community Bookshop, accompanied by Aaron Gale (author and illustrator) and his daughter.

During Lockdown Jackie regularly produced videos of stories told in Doric for various schools and community groups.

She also got together with Aaron Gale to set up Doric Books, a community interest company, to publish books written in Doric and to provide workshops and events for schools, care homes and other local groups.

So far they have published two books - Auld MacDonald His a Fairm and The Puddock, and provided several storytelling sessions for charities and local groups such as. the Archie Foundation, Alford Mother and Toddler Group, Orbs Community Bookshop and the Huntly Hairst family picnic at Leith Hall.

They have also been busy giving talks to Rotary Clubs, Scots Radio, Doric TV, the 'Fits A Dee?' Podcast and BBC Radio Scotland's Out of Doors programme.

"We are fair trickit with how well things have gone so far," said Jackie.

"Neither Aaron nor maself expected to be nominated for an Award but hopefully this will further promote Doric Books and north-east culture and heritage.

"We jist wint tae encourage the use o oor mither tongue across aa aspects o life."

If you would like to vote for Jackie go to https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotslanguageawards/scots-language-awards-2021-the-nominations/

The closing date for voting is September 19 and the Award Ceremony will take place in Dundee on September 25.

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