Bard lives on in the 21st century

THE Big Burns Supper festival, held in Dumfries, includes dozens of concerts, poetry recitals and a 700-strong cast outdoor theatre production...

THE membership of Burns clubs may be dwindling according to reports, but that’s only because we have new ways of celebrating our national poet.

Once it was a choice between drunken all-male suppers or poetry recitals in draughty church halls.

Now we have events such as the Big Burns Supper, a funky new festival in Dumfries, where Burns lived, died and wrote some of his best poems, including Tam o’ Shanter.

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