MTOT 2016-17 Celebration Event

    MTOT 2016-17 anthology cover

    This year saw the Mother Tongue Other Tongue (MTOT) multilingual poetry competition for schools in Scotland continue to grow, with over 200 entries submitted.

    Inspired by previous years, and with ideas from poetry workshops led by Juliette Lee, teachers across the country embarked on a multilingual journey with their learners in the classroom.

    Learners across a variety of age groups from P1 to S6 participated in the competition, producing poems in 35 different languages. The judging panel had a daunting task deciding on the finalists for entry into the winners' anthology. The standard was such that this year the panel awarded more highly commended entries than in previous years.

    Thirty one awards were granted with the majority of winners receiving their prizes on the main Piazza stage at the SEC on Saturday 11 March 2017 as part of the wider Language Show Live Scotland event and took the opportunity to perform their poems and rhymes to the audience, showcasing the many languages used by children and young people both in school and at home. The event drew in a huge crowd, who were moved to both laughter and tears by their work.

    Jackie Kay, Scots Makar, and patron for this year's competition opened the event with a recital of the poem 'Old Tongue' about the distress of losing language and identity; a very fitting piece to link to the competition's mantra 'find your voice'.

    Find out more about this year's winners, the competition and event feedback in the tabbed sections below. To find out about previous competitions and to access poetry resources, visit the main MTOT webpage.

    • 2016-17 Winners
    • Photos
    • Press
    • Feedback
    • FutureLearn MOOC

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