The Elephant In The Poetry Reading

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01*20090119

For David Kinloch, a Scottish private school education ignored all Scottish literature and Robert Burns' image as a womaniser was a complication for a poet who hadn't yet come out.

David Kinloch discusses his attitude to Robert Burns' 'womanising'.

02*20090120

Liz Lochhead discusses her education in a Motherwell state school, which was infused with Burns - with reading, memorising and performing in competitions, which were the lifeblood of Burns appreciation.

Liz Lochhead discusses her education in a Motherwell state school.

03*20090121

Robert Crawford, a biographer of Burns as well as a poet himself, finds himself using the bard as a touchstone for the humanity of his own poetry.

Robert Crawford on using Burns as a touchstone for the humanity of his own poetry.

04*20090122

Kathleen Jamie is intrigued by Burns' ability to transform himself into whatever his audience required of him - even, in order to twist the tail of a lord, a river.

She visits the Falls of Bruar to observe the trick.

05 LAST*20090123

Douglas Dunn finds Burns too distant to be a direct influence on himself, but he sees the way that the poet's influence changed across the 20th Century.

Douglas Dunn discusses how Burns's influence changed during the 20th Century.