Doric Board's New Year awards

Doric Board chair, Frieda Morrison, said the Doric Board was delighted to be able to support this terrific range of projects from all across the North East.
Doric Board chair, Frieda Morrison, said the Doric Board was delighted to be able to support this terrific range of projects from all across the North East.

The Doric Board has distributed its first-ever series of financial awards to 18 projects across the North East of Scotland.

The awards, which offer between £250 and £1,000, support projects that promote Doric culture and heritage.

The Doric Board (North-East Tradition and Language - NETAL) was created to energise public appreciation of the region’s exceptional heritage. This is the Board’s inaugural annual set of awards which draw from a budget of around £10,000.

The scheme was created with the support of the Scottish Government to develop and support a sustainable, dynamic future for Doric as a vibrant language.

Among those receiving a funding boost from The Doric Board was a new play by Mike Gibb based on the life and works of Lorna Moon entitled: “Scatter My Ashes on Mormond Hill”.

Also benefiting from the fund were Modo: Circus with Purpose for their play Doricula, which they performed across the north-east at the end of last year, and Ewan G. Mackay of Cruden Bay for his Doric homage in classical song.

Taking Doric well and truly into the 21st century was the focus of another successful application, with Karen Barrett-Ayres receiving funding to create an app based on her successful book of Doric words.

Commenting on the awards a spokesperson for The Scottish Government said: “The Scottish Government is pleased to support the Doric Board’s New Year Awards, these awards provide support to projects that will have lasting benefits for the community and the language and raise

the profile of Scots.”

Doric Board chair, Frieda Morrison said: “The awards, and the fact that we received 29 applications, show that Doric is very much alive and well in 2020. The Doric Board is delighted to be able to support this terrific range of projects from all across the North East. Many of them support and engage young people and look to sustaining Doric into the future.”

Board Member Professor Peter Reid added: "These awards recognise a broad spectrum of groups and projects, and demonstrate the deep affection there is for Doric as well as the passion for its survival.

"What is also important is that this is first time an organisation devoted specifically to promoting Doric, has been in a position to support projects financially across the region.”

The full list of recipients of Doric Board New Year Awards is as follows:

Banffshire Tourist Hub – Illustrated biography of James Macpherson

Mike Gibb, Aberdeen – “Scatter my ashes on Mormond Hill” (a new play based on the life

and works of Lorna Moon)

Garidge Theatre, Inverurie – Dark Star Development production based on Lorna Moon’s

novel

Tom Spiers, Crudie, Turriff – “A puckle muckle sangs” (educational programme based on

the ballads of the North East)

Ewan G. Mackay, Cruden Bay – Doric homage in classical song

Val McLeod, Birnie, Elgin – Doric Alive (monthly group/Doric activities)

Two of Us Creations Ltd, Aboyne – poetry anthology in English and Doric of work by North

East poets

1st Methlick Scouts – Centenary celebrations (presentation of the culture of the North East,

past and present)

The Cabrach Trust – to capture living history by recording interviews in Doric

RGU – adding North East content to Wikipedia

Andrew Davidson, Fraserburgh – “Fraserburgh on Film”

Jo Gilbert, Aberdeen – Doric Poetry Slam

Karen Barrett-Ayres, Aberdeen – creation of a Doric language app

Dr Ian Spring, Perth – Collection of Mary Symon poems

Modo: Circus With Purpose, Peterhead – “Doricula” (show based on Dracula)

Stonehaven Folk Festival – promoting folk songs in local groups

Richard Bennett, Torphins – an anthology of work by modern Moray writers

Bob Knight – Doric song CD

To find out more, contact Frieda Morrison, or Gordon Hay on email info@doricboard.com