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    Autumn 2017 saw the fourth 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, which saw over 100 entries in 18 different languages. 

    Since then the competition has been introduced throughout Scotland, allowing all pupils from P1-S6 to participate. This year sees another development for MTOT as we open the competition up to college and university students in a new FE/HE category to celebrate language learning and diversity beyond school.

    In 2017/18 over 100 entries were submitted from across Scotland in 29 different languages.

    In 2016-17 the newly appointed 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. Winners and highly commended entrants were lucky enough to meet Jackie when she presented the awards at our celebration event in March 2017. You can hear Jackie speaking about the poetry competition and supporting the aims and values of MTOT in the video on the right.

    The celebration event for the 2017/18 competition took place on 17 March 2018 at the University of Strathclyde. View the the full list of winners, see photos from the event and read the winning entries on our MTOT 2017/18 celebration event webpage. 

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

    • MTOT 2017-18
    • Previous events
    • Why take part?
    • Testimonials
    • Rules - schools
    • Rules - FE/HE
    • Resources
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