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Dahl story gets Scots treatment
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's children's books sold millions of copies
A book by Roald Dahl has been translated into old Scots to coincide with what would have have been the author's 90th birthday.

The Eejits, better known as the children's story The Twits, will be launched in Falkirk next week.

The story, about a warring old couple, has been given a Scots twist by writer Matthew Fitt.

The book launch is one of a series of events worldwide celebrating Roald Dahl Day on 13 September.

Falkirk Council education convener Tom Coleman said there was also a serious side to the book, which starts with the line: "Whit a clossach o hairie-bairdie men ye see gaun aboot nooadays."

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Promoting the Scots language for our children to enjoy is very important," he said.

"Books which speak to them in the language of their home and playground help them to express themselves and to engage in learning so we are delighted to be able to launch the Scots version of a book loved by so many children."

Dahl, who died in 1990, wrote children's books which sold millions worldwide and were turned into films including The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Eejits will receive its national launch in Falkirk Library.


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