The Songs of Robert Burns: A Glasgow Perspective

Burns blog post FGUL2015

From left to right: Alison McNeill, Rabbie Burns and Professor Carruthers


Rabbie Burns and Song – timeless and international – are being celebrated in style at the University Library on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7pm in the TalkLab, Level 3.

Professor Gerard Carruthers, holder of the Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies will discuss The Songs of Robert Burns: A Glasgow Perspective, with songs being performed by soprano and  instrumentalist Alison McNeill.

In great part the poet`s songs reflect and respond to his wide circle of friends, colleagues, and some adversaries in and around Glasgow and counties surrounding the Clyde. Burns had no time for booksellers who took so much from the sale of his works  –  with only one exception John Smith of Glasgow, whose firm continues today on academic campuses across Britain, including here at Gilmorehill. John Smith only charged 5% for selling his books and the Bard exclaimed : “You seem a decent sort of folk, you Glasgow booksellers, but, eh, they`re sair birkies in Edinburgh”.

Alison McNeill is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and more about her work in this country and overseas can be seen here

Sponsored by the The Friends of Glasgow University Library as part of its support of the library, the event is open to visitors.

All welcome and refreshments will be available.


Categories: Library


1 reply

  1. I wish you every success in this and hope that it is a full house.

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