Queen's University

Robbie Burns Day

2010-03-19

Queen’s English PhD student David Chant is available to discuss the Scottish poet and lyricist Robbie Burns, and why we celebrate his birthday in Canada.
“Robert, or Rabbie, Burns is widely regarded as Scotland’s ‘national bard,’ and is looked upon by many Scots as a national hero,” says Mr. Chant. “But Burns is certainly not celebrated in his homeland alone. Each January 25 on Burns’s birthday, people from around the world—and especially in Canada—pay homage to the bard by putting on often elaborate Burns suppers which include haggis, plenty of whisky, traditional toasts, the company of good friends, and, of course, recitals of Burns’s poetry. But for many Canadians who celebrate Burns Night, the festivities of a Burns supper represent much more than the appreciation of an eighteenth-century poet—they provide them with an opportunity to express and reflect upon their place in the long and complex relationship between these two countries.”
David Chant is an English PhD candidate at Queen’s University. His research explores how Scotland was conceived of and utilized by eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writers. He completed his Masters Degree at the University of Glasgow.
To arrange an interview contact Jeff Drake, 613.533.2877, jeff.drake@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace 613.533.6000 ext. 79173, kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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