Author details

Susan Rennie

Biography

I am a writer and lexicographer, working both in English and Scots. I was one of the co-founders and original writers for Itchy Coo Books, which was launched in 2002 with funding from the Scottish Arts Council. I have written over 15 books for children in Scots, including the award-winning Animal ABC, and The Derk Isle, the first Scots translation of Tintin. I have taught classes and workshops on the Scots language to children and adults, and to audiences ranging from primary schools to university students. I also write dictionaries and thesauruses (both Scots and English), especially for children. I am the author of the Oxford Primary Thesaurus and the Oxford Thesaurus for Schools, and most recently of the bestselling Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary.

I was a Senior Editor for many years with the Scottish National Dictionary Association, during which time I wrote a guide to Scots grammar for children, developed the Electronic Scots School Dictionary and the first Scots spellchecker, and set up the ScuilWab for schools. I also managed the Dictionary of the Scots Language project, and I am now working on a new Historical Thesaurus of Scots.

About writer's work

Awards:

  • Animal ABC (Itchy Coo) Winner of Times Educational Supplement/Saltire Society Prize for Educational Publications, 2002
  • Hoose o Haivers (co-author, Itchy Coo) Special Commendation, Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Awards, 2003
  • Jamieson’s Dictionary of Scots (OUP), Shortlisted for Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award, 2012

Websites featuring the author

Author's WebsiteTintin in ScotsTwitterAudio: We're Going on a Bear Hunt in ScotsYouTube

Current events and projects

Readings

Workshops on dictionary use (eg Roald Dahl Dictionary)

Workshops on Scots language (eg Tintin in Scots, The BFG in Scots)

Other work

As part of the Historical Thesaurus for Scots project, I worked with Education Scotland to produce a Scots Thesaurus Resource for schools, based on Scots weather vocabulary. I have also delivered workshops to teachers on using the Historical Thesaurus of Scots in schools.

I was part of the Qualification Design Team for the new SQA Award in Scots Language, and collaborated with teachers to produce Assessment Support materials for the Award.

For more information on my academic work, see my profile at the University of Glasgow: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/staff/susanrennie/

Local authority where they are based

Edinburgh

Local authorities where they can work

Edinburgh, Glasgow

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English, Scots

Books written

The Derk Isle (Adventurs o Tintin)

Author(s): Susan Rennie
Published by Dalen. One of the recommended books for the First Minister's Reading Challenge.
The Hoose O Haivers

The Hoose O Haivers

The Hoose o Haivers retells Ovids Metamorphoses for modern readers in lively accessible Scots. Learn about Daedalus and Icarus who were the world's first high-fliers.
Planet Fankle cover

Kat an Doug on Planet Fankle

Author(s): Susan Rennie
Illustrated by: Dave Sutton
Kat wakes up on her birthday to find a cyberdug called Doug at the foot of her bed.
Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet

Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet

Author(s): Susan Rennie
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
The award-winning Animal ABC takes young readers on a journey of discovery of Scots words from A right through to Z.
Wee Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet

Wee Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet

Author(s): Susan Rennie
Illustrated by: Karen Sutherland
The award-winning Animal ABC takes young readers on a journey of discovery of Scots words from A right through to Z.
Planet Perjink cover

Kat an Doug on Planet Perjink

Author(s): Susan Rennie
Illustrated by: Dave Sutton
On Planet Perjink, where everything is always neat and tidy, Kat and Doug are mistaken for vistors from Planet Clarty, and almost get arrested by the Skail Polis when Kat drops a crumb.

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