Children’s novelist and Doric writer Deborah Leslie has been appointed the Reader in Residence for Aberdeenshire.
The post is one of five residences awarded by the Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland.
Deborah, based in Inverurie, is an author, public speaker and an ambassador for the Doric dialect who has worked extensively with schools and community groups to help others develop their creative writing skills.
Her published work includes three collections of short stories written in Doric. She has also written two children’s novels and a play – The Clock on the Waa – which was produced and performed in the Lemon Tree theatre in Aberdeen.
As Reader in Residence, Deborah will work with Aberdeenshire Libraries from now until July 2013 to promote the enjoyment of reading for all age groups and provide opportunities to talk about books and reading, including through the use of social media.
Over the period events will be held throughout Aberdeenshire in a range of community venues, including sheltered housing and care accommodation, village halls and pre-school settings.
The residency will promote an awareness of the reading choices available from libraries including fiction and non-fiction, poetry and local history materials, using the written and spoken word to explore the north-east’s unique culture and heritage.
The residency was launched during Scottish Book Week,(November 26 to December 2) a national initiative to celebrate readers and reading throughout Scotland.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “It is fantastic to see that a local author has been appointed to help promote literacy and the role of libraries in Aberdeenshire.
“I think Deborah is a great choice as the Reader in Residence, and her passion for the Doric dialect will help her to promote the unique heritage of the North-east of Scotland to lovers of literature.”