Paul Hourston, who uses the name Doric Dad on social media, has been named Scots Media Person of the Year at the Scots Language Awards.

Teachers, writers, performers and schools have all won awards at the Scots Language Awards in Dundee.

The awards ceremony, which first took place in 2019, was broadcast live worldwide from the Gardyne Theatre.

Among the winners was poet and playwright Liz Lochhead, who served as Scots Makar between 2011 and 2016, and was named Scottish Writer of the Year at the event.

The comedian and storyteller from Shetland has been named Scottish Lecturer of the Year. Photo: John Carolan

Shetland comic and storyteller Marjolein Robertson, who has appeared on BBC shows The Comedy Underground and Breaking the News, has been named Scotland’s Speaker of the Year. Paul Hourston, who uses the name Doric Dad on TikTok and Instagram, was named Scots Media Person of the Year, while fellow Aberdonian Alan Reid, who goes by the name Bundy, won the Scottish Performer Award from the year.

The Scots Teacher of the Year award went to Amanda Dunn, from Shortlees Primary, Kilmarnock, while Means Academy in Aberdeenshire was named Scots School of the Year.

Speaking ahead of the awards, Reid said: “I play guitar and work a loop pedal, playing pubs and clubs in Aiberdeenshire, Aiberdeen and Moray.

“I’m a fisherman and not a teacher, but I’ve been doing gigs for 20 years. I play a range of covers and originals and wrote a Doric album after lockdown. During that time I was regularly playing gigs online and I had a little community gan that brought together folk fae from around the world.

Poet and playwright Liz Lochhead has been named Scottish Writer of the Year.

Robertson said: “I’m a comedian and a storyteller, so I’ve spent a lock of my life knappin (speak to be understood, minus Shetland Mare English), hoowivir when hom or tell folk tales, I lets me use my intermediate language o Shetland, sometimes caad Shaetlan or even Shetlandic.

“My father is from Shaetlan and my mother is Dutch, so I always spoke various dialects and wirds. But as I grew up, reading Shaetlan folklore, history and writing, I realized the importance of preserving the dialect of Shaetlan.

“The best way for me is to keep him alive with ease. With the internet, the mare has the opportunity to share her dialect and her words.

“Shetland is a dialect made up of the wir auld Norn language as well as Scots. It is therefore a Boannie mixture of the Old Norse language and the Scots language.”

The Scots Language Awards were hosted from Dundee by writer and broadcaster Alistair Heather and poet Len Pennie.

Dunn said: “Growing up we were always encouraged to ‘speak the right way’ and I just couldn’t. It was my voice.

“I remember meeting Irvine Welsh as a teenager and thinking ‘this sounds like me’. Now I do what I can to immerse myself in enlightened Scottish and I do what I can to bring it into my class.

Comic Janey Godley, authors Graeme Armstrong and James Robertson and singer Iona Fyfe are among Scottish cultural figures to have been recognized in previous years.

Simon Thoumire, director of arts organization Hands Up For Trad, which organizes the awards, said: “I am delighted with the growth of our ongoing Scottish language campaign, to have held our live event again in Dundee , and to the caliber of this brilliant winners of the year.

Amanda Dunn, from Shortlees Primary, Kilmarnock, has been named Scots Teacher of the Year at the Scots Language Awards.