Celebrating Burns and the Scots language with Edinburgh Libraries

Join Edinburgh Libraries in celebrating Scotland’s national poet, Rabbie Burns this week. Born in 1759 in Ayrshire, he was the son of a tenant farmer who went on to become one of Scotland’s greatest heroes. To celebrate his literary legacy and lasting impact we have a range of resources for you to discover and enjoy.

Robert Burns – Poet, by Alexander Nasmyth, 1839

Burns Night Quiz
Each year on the 25 January, Burns night is celebrated across Scotland and the world. Despite the lockdown, this year should be no different! Please join Carol from Stockbridge Library as she presents to you a Braw Burns Quiz. Test your knowledge of Scotland’s Bard and the Scots language on Monday 25 January at 7.30pm on the Stockbridge Library Facebook page.

Scots language collection of ebooks and audiobooks
The Mither Tongue’ collection is a new selection of titles we have chosen for our ebooks and eaudio service, OverDrive/Libby app. The collection goes beyond Burns to also celebrate the best of modern writing in Scots, including newly crowned Booker Prize winning title ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart.

Further fantastic resources from Edinburgh Libraries
The Robert Burns in Edinburgh story on Our Town Stories describes Burns’ time in Edinburgh and his connections to the city.

Also on Our Town Stories, is the story of William Creech and his publishing legacy. Creech was a significant member of Edinburgh’s society during the Enlightenment and is best remembered today for publishing Robert Burns’ poems.

Robert Burns on Capital Collections – this exhibition represents some of the Burns related artworks available in Edinburgh Libraries.

Burns’ Objects and Images on Capital Collections – an exhibition of portraits, documents and personal objects including Burns’ own writing desk and a plaster cast of his skull from the collections of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries housed at the Writer’s Museum on Lady Stair’s Close.

The Cotter’s Saturday Night by Robert Burns – in another Capital Collections exhibition browse John Faed’s illustrations which vividly depict the story of Robert Burns’ poem, ‘The Cotter’s Saturday Night’. The poem was written over the winter of 1785 – 86 when Burns was 26 years old.

The Cottar’s Saturday Night, illustration for verse 2 by John Faed, 1853

Ode to a Mouse – Sean Kane reads one of Robert Burn’s most famous and best-loved poems in Edinburgh Central’s Reference Library.

Immortal Memory: A Burns Night Celebration – just one of the fantastic Burns music titles we have on the music streaming service Naxos and available for free with your library membership.

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