NIC offers presentation on the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns


North Idaho College will offer “The Life and Times of Robert Burns Through Words and Music,” a presentation on the life of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns in celebration of his birthday. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall.
 
NIC instructor Amy Wilkerson, who is originally from Scotland, will share elements of Burns’ life through pictures and stories. Wilkerson will use a display of Scottish memorabilia and Burns’ own words to walk the audience through Burns’ life, reading select Burns poems in Scots dialect. The presentation will also cover details of Burns’ homeland as well as the times and politics of his era.
 
The event will also include live Celtic music by Turning Tide, which features violin, guitar, flute/pipe, harp and vocals. 
 
Burns was born a farmer’s son from rural Ayrshire, Scotland on Jan. 25, 1759. Burns is known for using his talent for poetry and songwriting to charm the local lassies, but within 10 years, his poetry led him to the title of Scotland’s national poet and now his fame is worldwide. He is well known for writing familiar songs such as “Auld Lang Syne,” sung by many on New Year’s Eve, “Coming through the Rye,” “Highland Mary” and “Tam O’Shaner.”
 
The presentation is sponsored by NIC’s Molstead Library as part of its history series.
 
The event is free and open to the public. However, because of the popularity of these programs and limited seating, attendees must call to reserve free, open seating tickets before the event. Unclaimed tickets will be available five minutes prior to the start of the presentation on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Information: (208) 769-3355.


For More Information
NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007

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