Sir Patrick Spens

Sir Patrick Spens is sent on a dangerous mission from Scotland to Norway. Will he bring the princess home safely? Read this classic Scots ballad for the first time ever as a comic, illustrated by Gary Welsh.

 Sir Patrick Spens: The Comic in full colour (60 MB)

Sir Patrick Spens: The Comic in black & white (3MB)

Sir Patrick Spens: Original text

Tam o Shanter

Introducing Tam o Shanter: The Comic. Follow Tam’s timeless adventure from howff to kirk to brig as imagined by brilliant comic artist Gary Welsh in Robert Burns’ most famous poem.

Read the Scots Hoose version of Tam o Shanter in this brand new comic.

 Tam o Shanter: The Comic in full colour (82 MB)

 Tam o Shanter: The Comic in black & white

Tam o Shanter: Original text by Robert Burns


Tam o Shanter: The Comic (video)

Listen to writer and actor Hamish MacDonald reading Robert Burns’ original Tam o Shanter illustrated by comic artist Gary Welsh.


Sharleen: Ah'm Shy

Janet Paisley's famous poem about coming of age portrayed beautifully by Helen Mallon. Shot by filmmaker Douglas King, this film brings the perfectly written character of the half shy, half gallus Sharleen to a whole new generation.

  Sharleen: Ah'm Shy - text

Find out more about Janet Paisley


William Letford’s poem has a homecoming, a busker and a macaroni pie. It is about seeing fire in familiar things and stopping to listen as the world hurries on. This powerful Scots poem is given a new voice by a group of talented young actors and film crew from Dunfermline High School and the team of brilliant filmmakers at Anim8s.

  This is it by William Letford - text

Find out more about William Letford



Hear the waves crash off the harbour wall and taste the salty Scots rhymes in Gerda Stevenson's original Scots poem, Newhaven. Written for Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters and in honour of environmental skolstrejkare Greta Thunberg, this poem celebrates the life and times of Newhaven harbour near Edinburgh. Let Gerda's evocative reading of her rich Scots poem transport you to the shores of the majestic Firth of Forth. 

Newhaven, Newhaven, sing tae me,

ma hame, Newhaven, wi yer dancin sea!

   Newhaven read by Gerda Stevenson

   Newhaven by Gerda Stevenson - text

The Wheesht by Ellen Pennie

The Wheesht by Scots poet Ellen Pennie delivers a powerful message about being yourself rather than what others want you to be. It is a poem about free speech and freedom to speak and to write in your own voice. In this poem, Ellen explores the Scots phrase Haud yer wheesht and having the confidence to know when and when not tae haud it.

Wheesht! They telt me, wheesht the now, an dinnae mak a fuss

Ye dinnae spik the wiy we dae, ye’ll ne’er be wan ae us

  Listen to Ellen reading The Wheesht

      Read The Wheesht


Three Doric poems by Mae Diansangu

Mae Diansangu is an important new voice in Doric poetry. Her three poems move through the natural world and human nature, each one a journey from fragility to strength. The poems – puddock spittins, doric and naebdy likes a clype – are essential reading for young people in the north east and throughout Scotland.

tae spik it, is tae dip yer tongue in a fresh 

   pot o cantrips, an pint wirds full a 

smeddum an spit an stars.  wirds at can fecht 

    jist as weel as they can heal.

  Listen to Mae reading puddock spittins

    Read puddock spittins

  Listen to Mae reading doric

    Read doric

   Listen to Mae reading naebdy likes a clype

    Read naebdy likes a clype