Win a copy of the Mackem dictionary

The Mackem dictionary
The Mackem dictionary

A new book capturing the uniqueness of the Wearside accent is set to be released - and we have two copies to give away.

Created by artist Paul Swinney in collaboration with Sunderland based publishers ALS, the Mackem Dictionary captures the rich range of words and phrases commonly used on Wearside, all set out in a tongue-in-cheek dictionary format.

And it's all in aid of charity, with all of the proceeds being given to SAFC's charity, The Foundation of Light.

Author, Paul Swinney said: "The aim of the dictionary is to celebrate the unique elements of the Mackem accent and its phrases. The whole thing started from posting a Mackem word of the day on Facebook and Twitter. The response I received was overwhelming, it was great to see how much pride people have in our city. So I went away, expanded the idea and made it into a book."

"At only £5, it's the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa present, and should have pride of place in every discerning Mackem's coffee table or book shelf or even in their toilet! And I'm really pleased to be able to give the proceeds to the Foundation of Light. They do a lot of great work in our community and I want this celebration of our culture to be able to support that."

Martyn McFadden from The Foundation of Light's Development Board and publishers, ALS, said: "We're delighted that Paul asked us to be involved with this project and that all the proceeds from the book are going to the Foundation. I've followed Paul's posts on social media and love the way the book captures the wit of Wearside and our city's unique culture."

The book will be on sale now at Waterstones and The ALS Shop from November 1st but can be pre ordered now on line here
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