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A Scots Dictionary of Nature


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Successful as a hardback, now in paperback, reflecting perennial interest in Scotland's natural beauty and drama; Increasing awareness of the urgent need to preserve and celebrate the Scots language; Appetite for the specific vocabulary of words relating to the natural world, as seen in recent work by Robert Macfarlane and others.

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Amanda Thomson is a visual artist and writer who teaches at the Glasgow School of Art. She graduated with a first from Glasgow School of Art and has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her arts-based PhD, from UHI/ the University of Aberdeen, is about the forests of Abernethy and Morayshire. Her artwork is often about notions of home, movement and migration, landscapes and how places come to be made. She lives and works in Glasgow and in Strathspey. A Scots Dictionary of Nature is her first book.


"Delightful ... A celebration of Scotland's great outdoors, this is a lovely book to have on the coffee table. Easy to read and interesting to rifle through." Scottish Field; "So good." Robert Macfarlane; "Full of words and expressions which ...[are] ripe for reappropriation." Scotsman; "A reminder of how easily the beauty of language and its connection with nature can be lost." Herald; "A stunning wee book detailing some of the wonderfully inventive Scots words that document the world around us." The List; "...a delight to leaf through" Herald

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