Poems, prose and podcasts
Scottish creatives, poets and academics feature in #TaeTheBard, a new podcast series exploring Robert Burns’ enduring legacy which launched this week to mark Burns Night.
Leading Burns expert, Dr Pauline Mackay, chats with creatives and expert guests on Burns’ influence on different strands of Scottish culture and how this remains relevant today. With a total of 12 contributors across five episodes, guests include singer songwriter Mairi Campbell, lettering artist Craig Black, haggis producer James Macsween, and whisky expert Graeme Littlejohn.
Dr Pauline Mackay, #TaeTheBard host and Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, said:
“Burns’ legacy remains very much alive in today’s Scottish culture and in the five episodes of #TaeTheBard, we explore how Burns’ continues to influence and inspire in poetry, art, food, drink and song. The series offers people an opportunity to learn more about the Bard this Burns Night and learn more about what makes him so special to so many across the world.”
Ben Macpherson, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, said:
“Burns Night is one of Scotland’s most well-known and best loved national days, celebrated by millions around the world.
“Our national bard is one of our favourite icons, and each year Burns Night is a chance for us to come together, celebrate his poetry, enjoy the occasion and affirm some of our country’s most important values - fairness, equality and internationalism.
“From his best-known works like the global anthem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the unique customs of the traditional Burns Supper, he has influenced people from all walks of life. The #TaeTheBard campaign will give Scots, and Scots at heart, all over the world the opportunity to celebrate our national poet in new and contemporary ways.”
Five episodes of #TaeTheBard are available now on Spotify and iTunes.
Fans of Burns from all over the world will also have the opportunity to take part in a global virtual toast, paying tribute to the much-loved poet by posting a photo of their celebration on social media using #TaeTheBard these will be collated with other posts from around the world on a virtual wall that will be available on Scotland.org/burns.
#TaeTheBard promotes Scotland’s Winter Festivals which celebrate the country’s rich culture and heritage. Events will take place across the country to mark Burns Night which have been supported with funding from the Scottish Government.
For more information about #TaeTheBard visit Scotland.org/burns