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    Autumn 2016 will see the third year of Mother Tongue Other Tongue (MTOT) in Scotland. This exciting multilingual poetry project celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity through creative writing, and showcases the many languages which are spoken and learned by young people in school and at home.

    Run very successfully via Routes into Languages in England, SCILT then brought the competition to Scotland, initially as a pilot in Glasgow in 2014, which saw over 100 entries in 18 different languages. 2015/16 built on this success and saw the competition go nation-wide allowing all pupils from P1–S6 to participate; in fact we had over 400 children participate in 36 different languages!

    This year we are delighted to announce that we have the new Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, as our patron for the competition. 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 our celebration event in March 2017. Listen to Jackie speaking about the poetry competition and supporting the aims and values of MTOT


    MTOT 2015-16 anthology cover

    Be inspired by last year's entries - click on the image of the 2015-16 MTOT Anthology on the right to read the winning poems.

    To find out more about this year's competition and about last year's events, click on the appropriate tab below and get ready for Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2016-17. 

    The deadline for this year’s competition is 16 December 2016, teachers please register your interest before 7 November 2016. More information about the 2015-16 winners and celebration event can be found below.

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    The 2016-17 competition has now taken place. For details of the finalists, prize-giving and to read this year's anthology, click on the 2016-17 Celebration Event tab below.

    • MTOT 2016-17
    • Why take part?
    • MTOT 2016-17 celebration event
    • Previous events
    • Testimonials
    • MTOT blog
    • Resources
    • Workshops
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