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Summer

The season of summer is made up of three months, June, July and August. In the Scots language the season is called simmer. Simmer comes originally from a Common Germanic word which is believed to have taken the form *sumaraz about two thousand years ago. We find this common word taking the forms sumor in Anglo-Saxon and sumar in Old Norse. read more

Simmer Ootin

North East writer Douglas Kynoch, who is well known far beyond Aberdeenshire, and first hit the read more

Love and Courting

Amongst all the politics, murder ballads, and songs about work, the Scots do find time for singing a read more

The Language of Weddings

Down through the ages, getting married in Scotland has entailed a number of customs and traditions, read more

Sae Mony Summers

The winning short story in the 2009 Toulmin writing competition Sae Mony Summers was written by form read more