Robert Burns: The Life, the Loves, the Letters

Carol Baraniuk, BA, PhD

New Year 2024

5 weekly sessions on Tuesdays 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, starting 6 February

Most people know of Robert Burns (1759-96) through Burns Night suppers or a few popular songs, such as 'Auld lang syne' sung on New Year's Eve', but the story of his life is fascinating, inspiring and tragic. His letters reveal that he had many loves, many friends and a brilliant engaging personality, while his poetry both entertains and shows his deep concern for working people and for the poor in an era well before human rights and democracy could be taken for granted. This course will examine Burns's tempestuous and romantic life primarily as it is revealed in his correspondence. The course tutor has spent many years researching Burns's letters and has published essays on Burns biography in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Robert Burns.

Fee £43.00 (concession rate £28.00)

5 CATS Points (Level 1)

This class will take place on QUB campus

Concession: The concession rate is available for those who are in receipt of State Benefits (including pension), or are full-time students, part or full-time Queen’s students or are members of University staff holding a valid staff card:


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