Billy Kay (writer)
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Billy Kay (Born in Galston, East Ayrshire, Scotland in 1951) is a Scottish writer, broadcaster and language activist.[1] 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 and it was later adapted for a television series.[2]


  • 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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