To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s favourite poet on 25 January, here are some links to Robert Burns related sites. This is not meant as a comprehensive listing of all the information about Burns available on the web but it should give anyone who wants to do a bit of celebrating a few good places to start!
Robert Burns Country: The Official Robert Burns Site: http://www.robertburns.org (Includes a searchable archive of Burns’ poems.)
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (National Trust for Scotland): http://www.nts.org.uk/burns/. See http://www.nts.org.uk/burns/CelebrateBurns/ for the Trust’s plans for the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – and how you can help.
The National Library of Scotland Burns Page: http://www.nls.uk/burns/ See also the Library’s current exhibition ‘Zig-Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns’ at http://www.nls.uk/events/burns-exhibition/index.html.
Robert Burns webpage at the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/robertburns/
Robert Burns’ Letters: The Letters of Burns on the Days They Were Written: http://burnsletters.wordpress.com/
The Vocabulary of Robert Burns: http://members.shaw.ca/micheil/burns/burns.htm
Follow Burns on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ayrshirebard
Burns Supper recipe cards from Nick Nairn (free download): Burns Supper with a modern twist
Celebrate Burns with the Scottish Whisky Society: Burns Events.
‘Robert Burns in European Culture’, a conference at Charles University, Prague, will take place 6-8 March 2009. ‘The aims of the conference are to draw academic and general attention to Burns as a writer of European significance, and to recuperate our understanding of his stature in the context of widespread critical neglect of his poetry since 1945. The main themes of the conference are 1. the European reception of Burns; 2. the effect his reception has had on images of Scotland 3. the material performance of Burns in culture.’ See http://www.bsecsmail.org.uk/eventsIndex/conferencesOther/burns.htm.
Need more Burns? Try the Scotland Homecoming 2009 site for events happening throughout the year. See http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com/whats-on/burns_weekend.html.