As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library and Learning and Teaching Scotland, SQA will be supporting a major teaching resource to be launched in August 2009.
Robert Burns is Scotland’s national poet. His short life was eventful and left us with a rich legacy of songs and poems. In this his 250th anniversary year we are working in partnership to provide a new teaching resource that will help teachers and lecturers illustrate the relevance of Burns to contemporary Scotland.
The anthology of 12 new pieces of writing by contemporary poets and writers will show how the work of Burns influences their thinking and creativity. The anthology will be accompanied by teaching notes and online support, such as downloadable audio recordings.
Our contemporary poets’ response to original Burns work will open out this poetry to readers in fresh and lively ways, and enable them to grasp that living poets have a dialogue with their predecessors and also with their readers.
The poets and writers contributing to the anthology are:
- Meg Bateman
- Robert Crawford
- Carol Ann Duffy
- Matthew Fitt
- Bill Herbert
- Jackie Kay
- Janet Paisley
- James Robertson
- Liz Lochhead
- Tim Turnbull
- Rab Wilson
- Seamus Heaney
The anthology is being edited by Professor Douglas Gifford from the School of English and Scottish Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow.
"Addressing the Bard" was be launched on 27 August 2009 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Class sets will be sent to secondary schools, colleges and prisons during September 2009. Copies of the book can be purchased direct from the Scottish Poetry Library.