Spotlight on Robert Burns

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You just can't beat a good book.

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The Kirriemuir Burns and Scottish Literary Society held its third quarterly meeting last night at the Northmuir Hall, with Eric Summers in the chair.

Robert Stewart, immediate past president of the Robert Burns World Federation, gave a talk on Burns’s letters, picking out just a few from the many hundreds that have survived. He concluded that they serve to remind us what a well-educated, well-read, articulate, complex and compassionate man Robert Burns really was.

Jim Smith then read aloud three of the letters from the list, first giving each one a short introduction putting it into context. Jim Gibb rounded off with a short talk on the modern Scottish author Quintin Jardine, explaining why, in his view, he is a better crime fiction writer than Ian Rankin.

Lively questions and answers between the members and all the speakers throughout the proceedings made for an interesting and stimulating evening. The main focus of the next meeting will be Kirriemuir’s own J.M. Barrie, with local historian Sandra Affleck giving the key address.

For more information call Jim Smith on 01575 574435.