Talk and workshop: 'Family Event: Poetry in Edinburgh Before Burns', Writers' Museum, Edinburgh

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Talk and workshop: 'Family Event: Poetry in Edinburgh Before Burns'

BURNS DAY 2016 at the Writers' Museum, Edinburgh Sat 23 January FAMILY EVENT: Poetry in Edinburgh Before Burns Talk and workshop with Dr Adam Budd, University of Edinburgh With songs performed by Prof Kirsteen McCue, University of Glasgow An afternoon listening to the sounds and stories of Scottish poetry, as it was written, performed, and sold in the Edinburgh High Street three centuries ago. During the years before Robert Burns came to Edinburgh, the High Street echoed with the sounds of local people and local stories, and many of these found their way into the poetry of time. Indeed, when the world learned about poetry in Scotland, they learned about the poems that were published here. This workshop was dedicated to an exploration of what these poems looked like and sounded like, and the stories they told. Participants learned about two important poets: Allan Ramsay, who did all he could to keep the sounds of local Scots in the poems that were printed and sent all over Britain. A younger poet, James Thomson, tried to make Scottish poetry more “polite,” and he wrote gorgeous poems about the Scottish Borders that were among the most popular books ever written in English. Before Burns became famous, people from all over the world learned about Scotland, and Edinburgh, by reading Ramsay and Thomson. The workshop considered what their books looked like, what the High Street looked like. Participants learned some Scots words from the time and then had the opportunity to write and perform their own poems of the eighteenth century. Kirsteen McCue, an international authority on the history and music of eighteenth-century poetry, sang for the event.
Period23 Jan 2016
Event typeOther
SponsorEdinburgh Writers Museum
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map