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A MORAY lawyer who writes Scots poetry in her spare time is hoping to raise the profile of the language. Alison Skinner’s passion for poems prompted her to launch Doric Ditties, a service which has already attracted attention from overseas. The north-east dialect is recognised as part of the Scots language, alongside others such as Shetland and Glaswegian.

Miss Skinner, 45, creates personalised verses in Doric, which she can customise with her own photography of the Moray coastline and Scottish wildlife. She has already been approached by a client from America, who was looking for a Scottish touch to an anniversary gift.

Miss Skinner, of Victoria Place, Portknockie, said: “It’s great that Doric is being recognised in the Census this year. It’s being recognised in its own right. It used to be the poor cousin of English.” Miss Skinner said she enjoyed writing in Doric, as it lends itself well to humour.

Her poetry is easily accessible as she does use some English words throughout, she added. She said: “I’m interested in the fact there are different words used in different places across the north-east.” To involve a wider audience, Miss Skinner has started writing poems on Facebook. She said: “Doric is a living dialect. I just need to find the correct medium to get folk to engage with it.” Miss Skinner, who works as a part-time lawyer at Buckie, said her new project allowed her to be more creative than her “day job”.

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An Article taken from the Press and Journal Published 04/03/2011

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