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Orchestra celebrates the power of the word on Burns Night

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) celebrates the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, with the release of a heartfelt instrumental version on video of My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose...

Foreign Office staff from Edinburgh to lead Burns celebrations

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Three Edinburgh born diplomats will celebrate Burns Night on a huge virtual Burns Supper organised for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) staff all over the world.Civil servants Tamsin Heath, Matthew Preston...

Celebrating Burns at M&S

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Remembering Robert Burns and showing off Macsween's haggis at M&S The Gyle Centre.James Macsween, Managing Director at Macsween and guardian of our national dish, put on a performance this Burns Night as he addressed...

Letter from Scotland

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At many a Burns Night this weekend, drouthy cronies like me will be drinking to his memory and remarking that his fame as poet and “friend of the people” has spread to the very...

Looking forward to Burns & Beyond in January

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THE MUSEUM OF THE MOON COMES TO EDINBURGH AS PART OF BURNS & BEYOND Unique Events have announced the first event for a brand new six day Burns Festival for Edinburgh in January 2019.   Museum of...
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Hibs to hold a Burns Themed Night on Friday 25 January 2019

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Hibs are holding a Burns Themed Night on Friday 25 January 2019.The evening will take place within in the Edinburgh Suite for an evening full of entertainment to celebrate the life and work of...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW – Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne *****

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At the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Mairi Campbell riffs wildly on a wry conceit - deconstruct the iconic Rabbie Burns ballad rabidly 'sung' but once a year across the Western Hemisphere (more pan-contextually, inter-continental as...

Letter from Scotland

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If Rabbie could see us now he would be more than a little scunnered. Here we are squabbling over which flag should be flown on the Queen’s birthday and which songs are sectarian and...

Celebrating Rabbie Burns in Edinburgh

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We know that Rabbie Burns liked to come to Edinburgh, and certainly there is no end of suggestions for ways to celebrate his birthday from 25 January this year. Here is but a selection...

Leith Landmark to Appear on Edinburgh Trams

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In Leith’s Bernard Street, a statue of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns stands proud. This statue is the latest famous landmark to feature in the nationwide ‘Window to Scotland’ campaign launched by leading home improvements...

Letter from Scotland

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We are indeed being chased by demons. Alexander Goudie’s wonderful series of 54 paintings inspired by Burns’ “Tam O’ Shanter” have gone on rare display in South Ayrshire and they capture splendidly the mad...

Letter from Scotland 

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Trust us Celts to have invented Halloween.  It’s said to have grown out of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, the end of summer, when the wall between the real world and the spirit...

Burns Night – MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, 26th January

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One of the UK’s largest independent hotel groups, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, just hosted one of the most prestigious and lively Burns Suppers across the UK, and we went along to the Holyrood Hotel...

Neu! Reekie!’s Burns Belter

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More sedate and quieter than any other Neu Reekie I have attended before now, the stage was graced with Craig Lithgow, a youthful local lad from Kinnesswood. Known for his talents with previous band,...

Robert Burns in Edinburgh

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We celebrate our national Bard, Robert Burns each year across the world, but we set out to find out about Burns in Edinburgh today. He is not quite everywhere but is certainly noted!Burns was born...

Letter from Scotland

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This weekend we Burns fans are given over to “eating haggis and cranachan, toasting the lassies, dancing the Dashing White Sergeant and cavorting,” as the poster advertising my Burns Night puts it. It’s a...

National Poetry Day – UK’s largest printed poem to be unveiled

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The UK’s largest printed poem will be unveiled in Edinburgh this morning, on National Poetry Day which is today!Spiral, by Elizabeth Burns, will adorn a 25 x 8m banner overlooking the city’s famous Royal Mile. ...

Letter from Scotland

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Being a city boy, I don’t often think of my fellow Scots on the 94 inhabited islands around our coast.  And when I do think of the isles, it’s a romantic vision of blue...

Where to celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh!

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Whether you like your Burns Night traditional, alternative - or even 'radical' - there's something for every taste in Edinburgh this year. So dig out the kilt, brew the whisky and groom the haggis...

Wednesday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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 Soutra: the 'once powerful' hospital in the Bannockburn years - a talk by archeo-ethno-pharmacologist Dr Brian Moffatt, Director of SHARP. Soutra was the site of the greatest medieval hospital north of York - archaeologists are now...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2014Delighters: Hula Hooping  - taster session. For ages 14+, beginners or beginners + - session will be tailored to the abilities of the participants. 6.30-7.30pm, Forest Centre +, 38 Castle Terrace....

Letter from Scotland 21 June 2014

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LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 21.6.14Arthur Conan Doyle might have called them “Mid-Summer Mysteries.” What were all the political party leaders doing inside one tent ? Whatever happened to the Robert Burns Airport ? And why...

Robert Burns – Address to Edinburgh

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Robert Burns wrote this poem shortly after he arrived in the capital in November 1786.It is written in English Augustan verse, which was a popular form of composition at the end of the eighteenth...

Robert Burns’ letters on display at National Library

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A selection of handwritten poems and letters by Robert Burns has gone on display to the public at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in Edinburgh.The writings, which are known as the Glenriddell Manuscripts,...

Robert Burns Pocket Watch With Love Note From Jean Armour Sells For £39,650

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A pocket watch belonging to Robert Burns and valued at £2,500 sold at Lyon & Turnbull for £39,650 yesterday.  The  silver pair cased pocket watch also contained a paper insert with bird and heart...

Release your inner Bard in Edinburgh!

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Burns Night is celebrated annually in Scotland around the end of January, the Bard's birthday. There is a feast of entertainment commemorating the life and work of Robert Burns in the capital this year. Burns was born...

Edinburgh girl receives award from Burns organisation

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BALERNO PUPIL CROWNED JUNIOR BURNSIAN 2012 The World Burns Federation National Festival, held recently in Aberdeen, crowned local Balerno pupil Annie Bowes Scotland's Junior Burnsian 2012, as reported on Deadline.   Over 165,000 pupils from across...

Burns night – in February with a Ukrainian twist

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On Saturday 19th February around 100 members of the Scots-Ukrainian community, and guests from around Scotland, will be celebrating a unique Robert Burns/Taras Shevchenko (Ukraine’s National Poet) evening in the Ukrainian Community Centre in...

An app’s an app an a’ that

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The complete works of Robert Burns, Scotland's National Bard, have been made available free of charge on the iPhone for the first time.The new iPhone app allowing enthusiasts around the world to download and...

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