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Billy Kay is a writer, broadcaster and language activist. Born in Galston, East Ayrshire, Scotland in 1951 he studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. His study on the history and current status of the Lowland Scots language, Scots: The Mither Tongue, is his most notable work.

Bibliography

  • Made in Scotland (contributor) Carcanet, 1974
  • Odyssey: Voices from Scotland's Recent Past (editor) Polygon, 1980
  • Odyssey: Voices from Scotland's Recent Past - the Second Collection (editor) Polygon, 1982
  • Knee Deep in Claret: A Celebration of Wine and Scotland (with Cailean Maclean) Mainstream, 1983
  • Scots: The Mither Tongue Mainstream, 1986
  • The Dundee Book: An Anthology of Living in the City (editor) Mainstream, 1990
  • The New Makars (contributor) Mercat Press, 1991
  • The Scots Map and Guide MMA Maps, 1993
  • A Tongue in Yer Heid (contributor) B & W Publishing, 1994
  • Scotland and Ulster (contributor) Mercat Press, 1994
  • Mak it New (contributor) Mercat Press, 1995
  • The Complete Odyssey: Voices from Scotland's Recent Past (editor) Polygon, 1996
  • The Scottish World: A Journey Into the Scottish Diaspora Mainstream, 2006

Prizes and awards

  • 1973 Grierson Verse Prize (University of Edinburgh)
  • 1989 New York Radio Festival Silver Medal (radio series) The Scots of Ulster
  • 1992 New York Radio Festival Bronze Medal (radio series) The Road and the Miles
  • 1994 Sloan Prize - University of St Andrews (radio play) Lucky's Strike
  • 1994 Wine Guild Houghton Award (radio programme) Fresche Fragrant Clairettis
  • 1995 Heritage Society Award
  • 1996 Wines of France Award Knee Deep in Claret: A Celebration of Wine and Scotland

See also


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