Robert Burns wrote in Scots. His best known poems and songs are in Scots, poems like 'Tam O Shanter' and 'Tae a Moose' and songs like 'A Red, Red Rose' and 'Auld Lang Syne'.
Burns is famous not only in Scotland but all over the world. People celebrate the anniversary of his birth on the 25th of January in places as far apart as Glasgow, New York, Sydney, Beijing and Moscow.
The life and work of Robert Burns have been inspiring other Scots writers for generations. And you might find some inspiration in his poems and songs to help you with your own creative writing in Scots.
Here are some creative ideas to try based on the writing of Scotland's national Scots poet.
FOR YOUNGER WRITERS
Exploring Burns' language with younger writers.
Writing a monologue from the point of view of a character in a Burns' poem.
FOR MAIR EXPERIENCED MAKARS
|BRINGIN BURNS TAE LIFE
Drama writing inspired by Robert Burns poetry
|ADDRESSING THE BARD
An anthology of poems inspired by Robert Burns written by modern writers
READ the complete book ADDRESSING THE BARD
READ individual poems from ADDRESSING THE BARD on the Scottish Poetry Library website.