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North-east not-for-profit publisher Doric Books set to release third children's title – 'Nae Place Like Hame?'

By Lorna Thompson

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THE third Doric children's book by a publishing house set up to preserve and develop north-east culture is about to hit the bookshop shelves.

Not-for-profit Doric Books has published two books to date – "Aul McDonald Hid a Fairm" and "The Puddock".

Its co-directors, professional storyteller Jackie Ross, from Lumphanan, and author/illustrator Aaron Gale, from Huntly, aim to encourage the use of Doric in all settings.

Its new children's title, "Nae Place Like Hame?", is about a polar bear who is "fair scunnert o snaa an ice" at the North Pole. She heads southwards, discovering whole new worlds.

Doric Books is donating 50p 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.

Storyteller Jackie Ross.
Storyteller Jackie Ross.

The Community Interest Company was set up in May to promote the development of the north-east Scots language through books, workshops and Doric "Blethers" in schools, care homes and community groups.

Meanwhile, the publisher will be running free online Doric Bairns Story and Rhyme Time sessions later this month.

It has been awarded a traditional arts small grant from Tasgadh to run six online sessions.

An "Auld McDonald and his fairm animals" session, suitable for pre-schoolers, will run from 10-10.45am on Monday, November 22, via Zoom.

Retired teacher Jackie said: "The wonderful Sheena Blackhall will join myself to sing songs and tell stories all about the creatures you might encounter on the farm.

"It will be lots of fun and a great way to learn Doric."

No booking is required. See the Doric Books Facebook page for Zoom log-in details or email jackie@doricbooks.com for further information.

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