Galloway Children’s Book Shortlisted For New Award

A Galloway children’s picture book has been shortlisted for an award being presented for the first time this year.

The Scots Language Awards have been created to help promote Scots as a written and spoken language with categories for speakers, teachers, schools and books.

The Scots picture book Nip Nebs by Susi Briggs of Gatehouse of Fleet featuring illustrations by Kirkcudbright artist Ruthie Redden has been shortlisted in the category ‘Books for Bairns.’ The shortlist was created by a select panel but the award is now open to a public vote so Susi, Ruthie and their Wigtown based publisher, Curly Tale Books, are keen for people to get behind the book.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I am pleased to welcome the inaugural Scots Language Awards which highlight the achievements and contribution of those strengthening and promoting Scots in the Arts, Cultural and Education sectors.

“We know the important role that the language has for many across Scotland who use it every day and these awards go some way to recognising this.” The Awards will be presented at a special evening being held at the Mitchell Library Theatre in Glasgow at the end of this month.

Susi, a well-known storyteller and author, said: “Curly Tale Books fell in love with the illustrations and the story. After years of being knocked back by publishers for my Scots stories they courageously took the risk for Nip Nebs to become a reality. Ever since then we have worked really hard to inspire, raise accessibility and awareness of the Scots language ever since.”

Jayne Baldwin, co-director of Curly Tale Books said: “We are very excited for Susi and Ruthie, and delighted that the book has been shortlisted. It’s the only new original story in Scots in the books for bairns category – all the others are translations of books first written in English.”

Voting for the awards is still open and can be found at