Scots Language Awards 2021: Poet Len Pennie hosts awards ceremony recognizing all who champion the Scottish language
The awards were held at the Gardyne Theater at Broughty Ferry in Dundee and recognized the heroic efforts and work of all who champion the culture, music and unique words of Scots.
Not only did Ms Pennie, known on social media as Miss PunnyPennie, hosted the ceremony, but she also won the Scottish Performer of the Year award.
She has said in the past that her grandparents are the ones she needs to thank for bringing her into Scottish, providing her not only with the words, but the confidence to say them.
The Scottish Lecturer of the Year, sponsored by the Scots Language Center, went to Iona Fyfe, while the Scots Teacher o ‘the year went to Kerry Fraser from Perth High School.
The Scots Project o ‘the year was awarded to the Scots Dictionary for Schools app and Scots Bairns Book o’ the year was awarded to The Glasgow Gruffalo’s Wean, by Elaine C. Smith.
Cabinet Secretary for Scottish Languages ââShirley-Anne Somerville said: âThese awards demonstrate that Scottish is an essential part of the cultural identity of this country, and it is crucial that we encourage and nurture the creativity of those who speak the language.
“The Scottish Government is proud to sponsor these awards and my warmest congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”
Audiences, many of whom gathered from across the Scottish community for the first time since before the lockdown, were treated to interviews with the 13 award winners, as well as live performances by Victoria McNulty, Anna Stewart, Cameron Nixon, Alison Miller and Ellie Beaton.
The awards were launched in 2019 by Hands Up for Trad, an organization funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland that strives to increase the profile and visibility of traditional Scottish music and culture.
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This year, the Scots Champion Award went to John Hodgart, while the Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Creative Scotland, went to Derrick McClure.
Bruce Eunson, Education Scotland, said of the event: âAnother year for brilliant projects, organizations, individuals and people.
“It’s lovely to have the chance to play an aabody and an aa the important wark thegither in a white room for good fun.
âThere is a lot of interest in the plays or events that happen, so Education Scotland has aafil blyde to be involved and to sponsor the Young Scriever o the Year again. “
Voting was open from Monday September 6 to Sunday September 19 and a record number of votes were cast this year.
Other winners included Hope and Lucy Freeman, who won the Scottish Young Writer of the Year award, and Victoria McNulty, who won the Scottish Writer of the Year award.
The Scots Media Person o ‘the year went to Littlest Chicken, and Scots Schuil o’ the Year went to Troqueer Primary School in Dumfries. Lidl won Scots Business of the Year and Graeme Armstrong, who wrote The Young Team, won Scots Book of the Year.