ONE of Scotland’s brightest musical talents is putting her voice to good use – helping a charity to encourage children to use the Scots language.

Iona Fyfe has been supporting efforts by anti-bigotry campaigners Nil by Mouth to have its Neeps and Tatties book used in more than 600 Scottish primary schools in the run-up to Burns Night.

Created by author Carey Morning and illustrator Anna York, Neeps and Tatties tells the story of two warring vegetable tribes who are finally encouraged to put the past behind them in the interests of a better future.

The Scots book examines issues such as discrimination and prejudice, highlighting how old grievance can be overcome by a new generation.

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The charity has also created a resource pack to accompany the book which will encourage children to learn more about Scots, as well as consider how they can make people from different backgrounds more welcome.

Fyfe has recorded a YouTube version of the story, which teachers, parents and pupils can use at home and in the classroom.

The team behind the book hope it will not just encourage children to think about overcoming division, but will also give them a greater appreciation and understanding of Scots – with a glossary being provided for those new to some of the words used.

More than 600 schools across Scotland have signed up to take part in the programme over the next few days.

The project is also being supported by the Scottish Government and the Scots Language Centre.

Nil by Mouth director Dave Scott said: “There has been a huge surge of interest in Scots in the last few years and we have a real opportunity to tell a powerful story in this rich and beautiful language.

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“So much of our work deals with how language and words can be used to hurt or belittle others from a different background. That’s why it’s brilliant to be able to celebrate language and all the different ways we express ourselves.

“We are keen to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the wonderful words and illustrations.

“That is why we are delighted Iona has recorded this version which is freely available to teachers, pupils and parents to use in class or at home.

“She is so passionate about Scots and we hope with her help we can have this beautiful story read by tens of thousands of children.”