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A cup of kindness for an American: Burns night

It’s that time of year again. Time to bring out the haggis, neeps, and tatties. Time to celebrate Oidhche na Taigeise. For those unfamiliar with Gaelic: Burns Night, the traditional…

Poetry in Motion: The Legacy of Robert Burns

On Monday 25th January, Scotland celebrated Burns Night. Haggis was cooked, Buckfast was poured and the ephemeral words of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, were recited. Each year, on…

Burns Night: a kitsch memorial worth celebrating

Let’s be honest, Burns Night is terribly sentimental and garish. The pipes, the haggis, the emotional recitations and reflections, the kilts, the flags — all these things are an evocation…

Burns & Beyond: the world celebrates a Scottish literary icon

Every year on 25 January, glasses are raised the world over in remembrance of ‘Rabbie’ Burns, the Ploughman Poet. The Bard of Ayrshire holds a special place in the hearts…

Get yer sonsie face on: celebrating Burns Night in Edinburgh

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!” The opening lines of Robert Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’ will be repeated across Scotland on 25 January to…

Keara Murphy: The Bard and I

25 January has long since marked the day when the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns is celebrated. Whilst Keara Murphy’s ‘The Bard and I’ participated in this…

Remembering Burns

Today marks the birth of one of the most well-known romantic writers of all time, Robert Burns, or ‘Rabbie’ as he is affectionately known in Scotland. Perhaps romance is not…

The best ways to celebrate Burns Day in Edinburgh

Burns Day is the annual Scottish celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns; held on his birthday, it commemorates his life and work. Burns is thought of as the…