THE winners of the Scots Language Awards were announced on Saturday as a number of prizes were given out during the event held in Dundee.

Since its inaugural event in 2019, the annual prize ceremony has looked to celebrate figures who have championed the Scots language, with a number of awards up for grabs, including Scots Business of the Year, Scots Writer of the Year and Scots Teacher of the Year.

This year’s event was hosted by social media star and poet Len Pennie alongside columnist Alistair Heather and included winners such as zero waste sustainable retailer Re:Store, TikTok’s Doric Dad, and writer Liz Lochhead - all recognised after several thousands of public votes were put forward.

The National: Len Pennie (left) and Alistair Heather (right) hosted the awardsLen Pennie (left) and Alistair Heather (right) hosted the awards (Image: unknown)

The event also featured live music and performances with Robyn Stapleton giving renditions of Oor Hamlet and Baltic Street, which followed Beth Malcolm performing a tribute of the alternative Scottish national anthem Hermless alongside Lewis and Euan McLaughlin in honour of the late Michael Marra, known as the bard of Dundee.

Bruce Fummey also gave two live comedy sets following several slam poems from Hamish MacDonald.

Karen Dick, head of place, partnerships and communities at Creative Scotland, said: “It’s great to see the Scots Language Awards return again this year, highlighting the importance of Scots language, for arts and culture, and in daily life, education and business. Weel done tae a’ winners an’ nominees.”

Since starting, the awards have seen leading authors including Graeme Armstrong participate as well as stars like comedian Janey Godley, actor David Paisley, TikTok’s Littlest Chicken and singer Iona Fyfe.

Simon Thoumire of organisers Hands Up For Trad said: "I’m thrilled by the growth of our ongoing campaign for Scots Language, to have held our live event in Dundee again, a community which has supported the campaign from day one, and at the calibre of this year’s brilliant Winners for the Scots Language Awards 2022.”

Full list of winners at the Scots Language Awards

Scots Business of the Year - ReStore, Lossiemouth

Janet Paisley Services to Scots Award - Anne Donovan

Scots Champion Award - Dr Jamie Fairbairn

Young Scots Writer o the Year - Eva McMillan

Scots Writer of the Year - Liz Lochhead

Scots Media Person of the Year - Doric Dad

Scots Bairns Book of the Year - Doric Nursery Rhymes for Loons & Quines, translations by Gordon M Hay, illustrations by Rosemary Cunningham

Scots Speaker of the Year - Marjolein Robertson

Scots Teacher of the Year - Amanda Dunn, Shortlees Primary School, Kilmarnock

Scots School of the Year - Mearns Academy (Aberdeenshire Council), Rosie Bircham

Scots Project of the Year - The Maiden’s Leap with Historic Environment Scotland and Perth High School, Kerry Fraser and Fiona Davidson

Scots Book of the Year - Be guid tae yer Mammy by Emma Grae

Scots Performer of the Year - Alan Reid aka Bundy