Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Robert Burns exhibition

For those with an interest in Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, there will be a Burns and Burnsiana Exhbition in the Linen Hall Library from 7 January to 1 February. 
The Linen Hall Library's Burns Collection is the largest in the world outside of his homeland of Scotland.  It was collected by Andrew Gibson, a Scot who settled in Belfast, and it was purchased for the library by public subscription in 1901 for £1,000, which was then a considerable sum of money.  Additional items were then presented to the library by Burns' great-granddaughter, Mrs Eliza Everitt.  This should be well worth seeing.
There will also be a talk about The Ayrshire Ploughman in the library on Friday 25 January at 1.00 by John Erskine.  He will trace the first decade of Belfast's reaction to the works of Burns and how he became part of the cultural fabric of Ulster.  The talk is free and if you are free on the day I would certainly recommend it.


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