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    Autumn 2018 saw the fifth 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 initially brought the competition to Scotland as a pilot in Glasgow in 2014. Since then the competition has been introduced throughout Scotland, allowing all pupils from P1-S6 to participate as well as bilinguals and those studying languages beyond school. 

    In 2018/19 over 100 entries were submitted from across Scotland in 23 different languages. Successful contributors to this year's Mother Tongue Other Tongue anthology gathered for a celebration and award ceremony at the University of Strathclyde on 16 March 2019. Find out more on our MTOT 2018-19 Celebration Event webpage.

    In 2016-17 the Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, became 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.

    You can hear Jackie speaking about the poetry competition and supporting the aims and values of MTOT in the video on the right.

    To find out more about the competition and about previous events, click on the appropriate tab below.

    • MTOT 2018-19
    • Previous events
    • Why take part?
    • Testimonials
    • Rules - schools
    • Rules - beyond school
    • Resources
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