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    Autumn 2017 will see 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. Last year, primary and secondary schools from across the country submitted over 200 entries in 35 different languages.

    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 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.


    MTOT 2015-16 anthology cover

    Be inspired by last year's entries - click on the image of the 2016-17 MTOT Anthology on the right to read the winning poems.

    To find out more about this year's competition and about previous events, click on the appropriate tab below and get ready for Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2017-18. 

    Registrations for this year's competition are now closed. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2017.

    Share what pupils are working on for MTOT on Twitter -

    If you don't have a Twitter account, we can still promote and share what your school is doing. Contact the project lead, Angela de Britos, in the first instance.

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