Sunday, 13 January 2013


This is the time of the year when all of Scotland looks to Robert Burns for inspiration and warmth. January 25th is Burns night.
I always look forward to the Edinburgh People’s Festival Burns supper. As a Burns aficionado I like to think the man himself would have loved it as it combines politics, humour and music, all of which he adored, in a warm convivial setting amongst friends. What could be better?
The Edinburgh People’s Festival Burns supper is a very informal and relaxed event. You wont get chastised for what you wear or for not remembering all 200 verses of ‘Tam of Shanter’. There is no ‘Address to the Lassies’ or anything formal like that. Instead it aims to replenish the soul of those who know Burns well and acquaint those who barely knew him with his inspiring life and wonderful work in equal measure. We do however have the traditional haggis fare and lashings of fine ales and wines.
In the past such notable public figures such as John McAllion, Campbell Martin and Patrick Scott Hogg have shed light on the life and legacy of Scotland’s poetic genius. And in 2012 the Scottish Parliament’s Deputy Presiding Officer Elaine Smith MSP led the tributes and she was superb.
This year the People’s Festival Burns supper takes place on Friday 25th January at The Canon’s Gait on the High Street/Royal Mile and presents the award winning young playwright, author and performer Allan Bissett. The anticipation is palpable and the show starts at 7.30pm.
After the politics and the food patrons will all relax still further in the hilarious company of stand-up comedian Keir McAllister [courtesy of The Stand Comedy Club] before winding down to the sounds of Spanish/Scots musicians Macpolvo. It’s another not to be missed occasion.
Tickets are available via the Edinburgh People’s Festival website
or via this blog. Prices £10 waged and £6 unwaged - including meat or vegetarian haggis option.
See you there!

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