In this third podcast from The Grantidote, the first of a two part special edition focusing on Scottish women's poetry, you’ll hear us discuss the annual Scottish tradition of celebrating Robert Burns' life and poetic work. Heather Pearson and podcast guests Robert Somynne, Catriona Courtier, Pauline Kirby and Hugh Hunter discuss how they each feel about Burns, the impact he’s had on their feminist values and balancing tradition with a Scotland they're proud to think of as progressive. This podcast also introduces a certain Roberta Burns and uses the idea of her to examine how culture differs when we look at it with and without the default male-centred lens.
In this podcast we mention the controversy in the Scottish press around Liz Lochhead calling Burns the Harvey Weinstein of his day. For context, you can read more about that here.
Both of The Grantidote's Roberta Burns Scottish Women’s Poetry podcasts were created with special thanks to our contributors, Pauline Kirby, Catriona Courtier, Robert Somynne and Hugh Hunter for their generous donations of time, courage and effort. Huge thanks also to The Scottish Poetry Library and Keith Charters for invaluable help with the learning curve of understanding copyright laws for podcasting. More thanks go to Silent Robert for his time and kindness donated to being The Grantidote's sound man for a day and to Torben Melohn for creating such brilliant podcast music to bookend our words.
Specific to Roberta Burns - Part 2, thanks also to Edward Crossan at Birlinn Publishing for the kind permission to read Liz Lochhead’s ‘Kidzpoem’. Thanks too to Elaine Reid for letting us read out her work. Finally thank you to Chris Powici, who gave kind permission for us to use Helen Lamb’s poem ‘Spell of the bridge’ and has also written a beautiful tribute to Helen which is featured here, as part of The Grantidote.