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Burns International

Central Park by peterjr1961 under a Creative Commons license
Central Park by peterjr1961 under a Creative Commons license

Robert Burns is not only the National Poet - he's the International Poet too. But what do other countries see in his poetry?

Tam O'Shanter - Scotland's Favourite?

A new poll of Scots has revealed 'Tam O'Shanter' is the nation's favourite Burns poem. So do Scots prefer Burns the tall tale teller to Burns the radical or Burns the lover?

Storm damage

Storm damage by Helen Pugh RBGE
Storm damage by Helen Pugh RBGE

The hurricane force winds which bulldozed Scotland on 3rd January left a trail of devastation.

‘Trouble is not my middle name…’ – a new poem by Liz Lochhead

Children's Panel website
Children's Panel website

The first poem commission for Liz Lochhead this year came from the campaign to recruit members for the Children’s Panels, which are such a distinctive part of the Scottish approach to dealing with children and young people who are in trouble or at risk.

Busy Bees in January

Busy Bees installation at the Scottish Poetry Library
Busy Bees installation at the Scottish Poetry Library

We’re back! Buffeted by gales and paddling in the tide of emails, but in good poetry heart for 2012.

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