Rowling to help fund a new Scots language dictionary

Published March 11, 2005 at 10:14 AM
from HPANA (via Edinburgh News)

According to the Edinburgh Evening Newsopens in new window JK Rowling is offering a poem, which she cut from one of her books, to be auctioned off on March 24 to benefit Scottish Language Dictionaries. The auction was organized to raise £90,000 ($173,227) to help fund the printing of an updated version of the Concise Scots Dictionary.

Rowling’s contribution is titled The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick, which she cutopens in new window from Chamber of Secrets.

Chris Robinson, director of Outreach and Administration at Scottish Language Dictionaries, said she was:

Absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of their response. I used sheer brass neck to get hold of the drafts. I wrote letters to the most famous people I could think of, and to my astonishment, these came flooding in. Making a guess about how much will be raised, that’s the impossibility. The Harry Potter draft is priceless.

Some of the other contributions include Ian Rankin, author of the Rebus novels, Edinburgh playwright and novelist Ron Butlin and poet Edwin Morgan donated the unpublished Tale from Baron Munchausen: My Visit to St Petersburg.

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