Yer Supper’s Oot: Some Memories Of Burns’ Nights Past…

It’s Burns’ Night tonight, and in previous years we have recorded special Burnscasts to celebrate the life, poetry and music of the Bard.

This year time and circumstance have conspired against us, but those podcasts are worth a listen as they feature experts on Burns, including Cameron Goodhall talking about Burns Suppers and performance, Fergus Muirhead on the music and Ronnie Young, who puts Burns’ life and work into context by looking at those who inspired him, and his contemporaries. There is also some fantastic singing from Jennie Scammell.

You can listen to the first, here and the second, here.

We hope you have a great night, and raise a glass to a man whose poetry and songs continue to enthral.

To help you do that, here are a few suggestions which may be of assistance. The best resource for listening to and learning about Burns must be the BBC’s fantastic online resource, which has some of the great and the good reading his work, while some good friends of Scots Whay Hae! have put the poems and songs into context. Continue reading

RLS With Ronnie, Louise & Scots Whay Hae!: The Podcast Celebrates The Life & Work Of Robert Louis Stevenson…

The latest podcast is yet a further celebration of all things Stevenson on the day of his birth, as if that were needed. By now I hope you’ve managed to at least have a look, and a listen, to Stevenson’s Strange Tales, a project we have been involved with alongside the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

But, with the podcast, we wanted to put Stevenson into a wider perspective in terms of his literary importance, how he was viewed when he was alive, and his continuing fame and influence.

To do so, Ali and Ian were joined by writer Louise Welsh and Scots Whay Hae! regular, Ronnie Young.  The discussion starts with a chat about their favourite Stevenson stories, and soon meanders back to childhood, takes in the the importance of light(houses), hears of the influences on RLS, and considers just how many Stevenson’s there were. From Braemar to the South Sea Islands; from supposed children’s tales, through essays about home and abroad, to psychological nightmare and addiction, the conversation throws up many interesting tit bits of Stevenson legend and lore. There’s also an hidden extra treat, but you’ll have to listen to the very end to hear that, (or fast forward, I suppose).

We hope everyone will find something of interest here, and that you will listen to the Strange Tales our readers Alan Bissett, James Robertson and Louise herself have recorded with just a little more insight than you may have done before. If you haven’t heard them yet, you can do so on our Stevenson page, but there are other ways.

The podcast can be found by going to iTunes, where you will also be able to download all three tales. If you subscribe you can get all our previous podcasts, three of which feature our guest readers, and you can also listen on RSS.

And that is all from us on Robert Louis Stevenson Day. It’s been emotional, but fantastic. It is said about Tam Dale, in the ‘Tale of Tod Lapraik’, that he was “fond of a ran-dan”, and in that spirit we’re off out to raise a glass to RLS. Cheers!