Scott Dobson was a writer of prose, and as such, his works were innovative and very influential in North East England. He was born Edward Scott Dobson on 26 December 1919 in Blyth, Northumberland, the only child of a local government officer and a teacher. Very soon after his birth, the family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne where Scott attended Rutherford School. He excelled in art and won many junior competitions. After joining the Territorial Army, he served in the army in France and India during World War 2. After being de-mobbed he trained as a teacher, teaching art at a number of schools including Manchester Grammar and St Aloysius in Newcastle upon Tyne. His painting followed a number of different paths including abstract art. He was also involved with two art galleries in Newcastle in the 1960s - the Westgate Gallery and then the Side Gallery, the latter with photographer Jim Perry, who died in March 2012.
In the 1960s and 1970s after moving out of teaching, he published his first Geordie dialect book "Larn Yersel Geordie", which became the definitive work on the dialect. This was followed up by several more books in the series.
They were definitely not "politically correct" but yet full of wit and humour.
His materials were also much used (together with songs from Eric Boswell on the BBC'S "Geordierama", a radio show which toured locally and presented songs and sketches, mainly in dialect, and featured Mike Neville, George House, guests like Bobby "The little waster" Thompson, Dick Irwin and others. Scott Dobson had semi retired to the Maltese island of Gozo, where he died on 22 January 1986 and is buried in the cemetery there; his headstone is inscribed "Gan Canny'.