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English - Home is where Hame is

Learning and Teaching Scotland has launched a brand new poetry anthology, written by children from all over the country to celebrate Scotland's linguistic heritage.

Entitled Hame, the collection originates from a competition held by LTS earlier this year to raise the profile of Scotland's literacy culture among pupils. From 6,000 entries, 100 poems were selected for the anthology.

Claire Gilchrist, LTS literacy development officer, said: "The competition called for imaginative poems which expressed the idea of `home' and we were absolutely thrilled with the fantastic response we received. Through Curriculum for Excellence, we want to encourage pupils to explore and learn from the vast range of Scottish literature that is out there and to delve into the country's rich heritage."

Author Jackie Kay, who wrote the foreword, said: "I was struck by the confidence in the poems, the clarity and the candidness. They fill you with optimism about a new Scotland."

The Hame poetry anthology is available to view on the LTS Literacy website at www.ltscotland.org.ukliteracy.

Movie clips of some of the young poets reciting their winning entries will also be featured online at this address and via a link on the Scottish Poetry website (www.spl.org.uk) from September.

For additional Homecoming resources: www.ltscotland.org.ukhomecoming.

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