Burns’ Night: 25th January 2018

Who’s the old bloke in the image below?

Oh it’s me.

This was taken during my reading at the Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham on Thursday, 25th January, during the pub’s Burns’ Night celebration. I read a Scottish piece, about going home to Ecclefechan during the 1959s and 1960s. There were several readers taking part during the evening, including a number of my fellow members of New Street Authors.

After the set of readings, David Wake of New Street Authors launched his brilliant new novel, Crossing the Bridge. It is about a re-enactment of the Jacobite Rebellion that goes too far!

Earlier in the day, I made an appearance on the Danny Kelly show on BBC Radio WM, together with a brilliant piper. Danny asked us about what happens at a Burns’ Night supper. I read part of The Address to the Haggis and Paddy piped a haggis into the studio. I also read part of Burns’ poem Thou Gloomy December.

I attempted both poems in a Scottish accent. A reasonable effort I thought, when I heard myself back via the BBC iPlayer.

After the discussion about Robert Burns, I got an opportunity to mention New Street Authors. Danny took me by surprise when he invited me to put in a plug about my new book, Finding Sarah.

Appearing on the radio show was great fun.

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