DATE / TIME 09/08/2017 18:00
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Date(s) - September 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Cupcake Coffee Box



Friday Evening 8th September

On the trail of a Bard’s life

A talk by Maureen Sangster on Robert Burns

 £5 Ticket price includes a Tea or Coffee.

This talk will take a journey through Scotland visiting places that echo with the loves, passions, and struggles of the Scottish bard:

We’ll follow Burns from the farmland of Ayrshire where he wrote his first outpouring of verse at the age of 14 to Edinburgh, where feted as the Ploughman Poet, he also showed himself a passionate letter writer to a married woman and then to his final years of exile in Dumfries.

There will also be sightings and a chance to overhear this multifaceted, multi- talented man – poet, song-collector, song-writer, farmer, excise man, ‘sinner’ lover, husband, and father – as he worked and travelled within Scotland, for example touring first the Highlands, collecting the songs of the people and then visiting Fife to honour one of his heroes.

Joy, rejection by rich friends, bawdiness, tenderness towards an illegitimate daughter, speaking up against injustice – the full range of Burns’ loves and passions echo still in the small towns, land and cities of Scotland.

This journey will use Burns’ own poetry and song and poetry by other Scottish poets as well as providing interesting and possibly unknown pieces of knowledge. (For instance, what is the connection between Beethoven and Burns?)


Venue: Cupcake Coffee Box, High Street, Kirkcaldy

Date: 8th September 6pm – 7.30pm

Price: £5.00 including tea or coffee.

Book your place using the form below.

Payable on the Evening.


Maureen Sangster is a poet and artist. Art and text by her is on display in Inverkeithing Railway Station and 2 of her paintings ‘Stroke’ and ‘Chanticleer an Foxe’ were purchased by NHS Fife. Her third poetry collection was the award winning Menopausal Bedtime Rhymes.  She writes in Scots and English. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies including The Smeddum Test – 21st Century Poems in Scots – the McCash Anthology 2003 – 2012. Most recently, she produced an audio book in Scots called The Caerlaverock Cat.



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