Burns and Belfast

Fascinating an detailed booklet (PDF) from the Ulster-Scots Agency, as part of the Big Burns Day celebrations. “The story of Robert Burns and Ulster is just one of our many historic connections with Scotland, expressing our shared heritage of the Scots language and literature on both sides of the narrow North Channel”.

“From the start, Burns’ birl and rhythm,
That tongue the Ulster Scots brought wi’ them 
And stick to still in County Antrim
Was in my ear.
From east of Bann it westered in
On the Derry air”

Seamus Heaney, A Birl For Burns, 2009 

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