SCILT, Scotland’s national centre for languages is delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue (MTOT) multilingual poetry competition and are thrilled to welcome the new Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, as the competition’s patron. As well as being the national poet of Scotland, Jackie is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and has received an MBE for her services to literature.
Winners and highly commended entrants will be lucky enough to meet Jackie when she presents the awards at the celebration event in March 2017.
Whether pupils are learning a language at school, or whether they speak a native language at home, everyone can get involved in celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity through creative poetry writing as there are options to enter in either the Mother Tongue or Other Tongue category.
Last year saw over 400 children participate in 36 different languages! Once again, SCILT are delighted to be able to offer FREE poetry workshops for primary and secondary teachers at four different venues across Scotland. Trying to emphasise the links between literacy and languages, these workshops are aimed at any class teacher who teaches Literacy, Gàidhlig, Scots, EAL and Modern Languages.
Teachers will work with Juliette Lee, poet and creative writer, for a half-day workshop to develop their own creativity, explore poetry and the impact of language we use. Teachers will leave inspired and able to take back some ideas and examples to work with their own pupils who will then submit their poems/rhymes/raps/songs into the MTOT competition.