IT IS an unusual scenario in the fight against bigotry and intolerance.

However, a leading Glasgow-based equality charity is hoping its book about warring vegetables will help children “build bridges higher than walls” during lockdown.

Nil by Mouth, which was set up by former Glasgow Times Scotswoman of the Year Cara Henderson, is using the Scots language to highlight a range of issues surrounding discrimination and prejudice.

Neeps and Tatties, written in Scots by Carey Morning and illustrated by Anna York, is the story of two vegetable tribes who, after years of fighting, are finally encouraged to put the past behind them in the interests of a better future.

“Noo there wis a time, as I will tell, and I can hardly believe it masel,when neeps and tatties, such freends o late, widnae lie doon upon the same plate...

“But their roots aw drink fae the same guid groond, on aw their heids wan sun shines doon..”

Copies have already been distributed to more than 200 schools in Glasgow and across the country in the run up to Burns Night on January 25.

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Nil by Mouth director Dave Scott explained the book aims to highlight the ways in which old grievances can be overcome by a new generation seeking tolerance and change.

He added: “There has been a huge surge of interest in Scots in the last few years and when Carey offered us her work, we felt there was a real opportunity to tell a powerful story in this rich and beautiful language.

“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 is brilliant to be able to celebrate language and the many different ways we have to express ourselves.”

Dave added the charity felt Burns Night was the “perfect opportunity” for teachers, parents and pupils to share the story and talk about the issues it raises.”

He said: “We are keen to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the wonderful words and illustrations in Neeps and Tatties, and that’s why we are making it freely available to download during lockdown to allow parents to use it for home schooling.”

Nil by Mouth has joined forces with the Scots Lanuage Centre to put a free downloadable copy of the book on the latter’s website. A glossary will be provided for those new to some of the words used.

Dave said: “This is a story with a very powerful message about the need to pull together in difficult circumstances.

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“We are hoping this book helps capture the mood of Scotland during these remarkable times.

“The team behind the book hope it will not only encourage children to think about overcoming division but also give them a greater appreciation and understanding of Scots.”

Nil by Mouth was set up by Cara after her friend Mark Scott, a Celtic fan, was stabbed to death as he walked home past a Rangers pub in Glasgow.