Matthew Fitt - ABOUT MATTHEW

Matthew Fitt is a well-known Scottish writer and poet. He is also a popular children's author. He has over 10 years experience
of working as a Scots language consultant.

Born in Dundee in 1968, Matthew studied Literature at Edinburgh University. He has lived in the Czech Republic, Israel, Australia and the United States.

At the age of 26, Matthew was appointe
d Writer in Residence at Brownsbank, the former home of the Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid. There, in what was for many years the engine room of Scottish literature, he published his most popular poem to date, Kate o Shanter's Tale, and worked on the first full-length novel in Scots, But n Ben A-Go-Go.

Matthew went on to establish Itchy Coo, the most successful ever Scots language project. A qualified teacher, he has taught Scots in over a thousand schools, trained hundreds of teachers and revolutionised attitudes towards Scots in Scottish education. He regularly advises government, local authorities and the media on Scots language issues and policy development.

Matthew is married to the artist Miren Hayek and lives in Dundee.