Happy Burns Day!

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Scotland must be unique in having a national celebration that centres on a poet's birth, and a poet whose reputation goes so far beyond the shores of his own land.

That Burns is still relevant and can be constantly re-invented is clear from today’s fabulous flashmob get-together on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, organised by the Scottish Poetry Library and UNESCO City of Literature, as part of the latter's Let's Get Lyrical campaign. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNJnwe_mp-0

And last night on Radio Ulster, StAnza's own Eleanor Livingstone (pictured) joined Scotland's new Makar, Liz Lochhead and Nat Edwards, head of the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, for a discussion on the influence of Robert Burns today. The trio explored many aspects of the Bard's legend and Eleanor mentions StAnza's tribute to Burns on 20 March: a performance by poet Kevin Williamson of Burns's unpublished political poems.

You can listen to the Radio Ulster programme here