THE third Doric children’s book from a publishing house created to preserve and develop the culture of the Northeast is about to hit bookstore shelves.
The non-profit organization Doric Books has published two books to date: âAul McDonald Hid a Fairmâ and âThe Puddockâ.
Its co-directors, professional storyteller Jackie Ross, of Lumphanan, and writer / illustrator Aaron Gale, of Huntly, aim to encourage the use of Doric in all contexts.
His new children’s title, âNae Place Like Hame?â, Is about a polar bear that is âfair scunnert o snaa an iceâ at the North Pole. She heads south, discovering whole new worlds.
Doric Books is donating 50 pence per copy on all pre-orders through its website to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
The book includes a glossary to help readers of all levels of Doric.
The Community Interest Company was established in May to promote the development of the North East Scottish language through Doric books, workshops and ‘Blethers’ in schools, nursing homes and community groups.
Meanwhile, the publisher will be offering free online sessions on Doric Bairns Story and Rhyme Time later this month.
He received a small grant from the traditional arts of Tasgadh to organize six online sessions.
An “Auld McDonald and his animals fairm” session, suitable for preschoolers, will take place from 10am to 10:45 am on Monday, November 22, via Zoom.
Retired teacher Jackie said: âWonderful Sheena Blackhall will join me in singing songs and telling stories about the creatures you might encounter on the farm.
“It will be a lot of fun and a great way to learn Doric.”
No reservation is required. Check the Doric Books Facebook page for Zoom login details or email [email protected] for more information.