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Entries sought for Scots writing competition


By Jonathan Clark


ENTRIES are being sought for an annual Scots language writing competition.

The Keith branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland are looking for entries for the Charles Murray Writing Competition, which encourages the passing down of the Scots language from generation to generation.

Joyce Dawson (left) and Marguerite Cruickshank (right) are involved with the organisation of the event. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.026944.
Joyce Dawson (left) and Marguerite Cruickshank (right) are involved with the organisation of the event. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.026944.

The competition was launched to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Murray, an Alford-born poet, and is now into its sixth year.

Work entered into the competition can be prose or poetry and can be written about anything – but has to be in Scots. The competition is open to anyone, of any age, but must be written by two or more people of different generations – for example mother and daughter or grandfather and grandson.

The winning entry will receive the beautiful Charles Murray "Haud ‘er Gyan" trophy, kindly donated by Marguerite Cruickshank of ‘Mither Tongue’ in Keith, and winners will also be invited to perform their verse at the T.M.S.A. Prizewinners Concert on Saturday, June 13, next year in a venue to be confirmed.

The closing date is November 30 and entries are to be sent to Joyce Dawson, 124 Moss Street, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 5EZ.

Last year's winners were Cara (7) and Granda Johnston from Kemnay with winning poem entitled "Mam's New Bike".



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