A former Mintlaw man has released a book he hopes will promote interest in the local tongue.
‘Puddick-steels in the Stovies’, which offers a collection of tales from the North-east, has been written in Doric by Fraserburgh-based Doug Simpson.
A native of Mintlaw, Doug attended Mintlaw School and became an apprentice electrician in Peterhead. During the 1960s, he left the area for several years before settling in the Broch.
“I was no brilliant scholar when I was at school, but was always good at writing essays.”
“I don’t know where this came from but I have enjoyed writing most of my life. I prefer to write in Doric as it is a very expressive dialect, but I have written some stories in English as well,” he said.
Doug first began writing seriously around 20 years ago, after completing a creative writing course at Banff and Buchan college, entering and winning Doric writing competitions, including the Senior Open Writing Trophy at the Buchan Heritage Festival and the Robbie Shepherd Trophy for Doric poetry, respectively.
“I have entered two competitions every year for the past 10 years and now have 14 certificates for short stories and poetry,” he said.
He has also entered the University of Aberdeen’s prestigious David Toulmin Prize competition but has yet to win that.
He added.” I hope you enjoy my little book. Depending on how well you can read Doric, you may find it easy or not so easy. I must also thank my daughter Wendy for designing such a brilliant cover. It really helps make the book special.”
‘Puddick-steels in the Stovies’ a compilation of Doug’s writings is available to purchase at M & Bs on the town’s Queen St (the shop where he once was an apprentice) and the Trading Post in Marischal Street.
Doug will also be holding a book signing at Peterhead’s Muckle Market on Saturday, September 20.