Burns Night reads from Head of Zeus


Burns Night reads from Head of Zeus

Every year on the 25th January, we celebrate the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, in Ayrshire in 1759. A poet, musician and prolific lover, Burns' tribute is paid in the sharing of a meal with loved ones, songs and great words.

If you're searching for inspiration for a guid reid to honour the Bard of Ayrshire, look no further. Whether it's something to share at supper or just a story to devour in solitude with a piece of shortbread, we've got you covered.

For the story of Scotland's second city:

In his history of Glagow, Michael Fry delves beyond the Old Firm and the Industrial Revolution to tell the story of this urban civilisation in all its complexity. Take a journey through these pages and you'll be sure to impress even the hardiest dinner guest. 

To lose yourself in the country's furthest reaches: 

Clare Carson's Sam Coyle trilogy will whisk you to the moody landscapes of Orkney for a thrilling spy story perfect to enjoy with a glass of whisky.

To find new meaning in the cold: 

If you're still struggling four weeks into the year to feel at rights with yourself, Victoria Whitworth's memoir of wild swimming will help you to plant your feet on the ground and find your place in the world around you.

For the heroic story of a great regiment:

From 1739 to 2006, the Black Watch Regiment distinguished themselves in theatres of war across the world, clad in their trademark dark tartan. In this volume, Victoria Schofield tells their story from the Second South African War to their merger with five other regiments to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006.

To refocus your perspective:

Lauren St John's modern classic travels from the Kenyan mountains and the slums of Nairobi all the way to the frosty highlands of Scotland in a beautiful story that reminds us that even when the world looks to be wide and frightening, we are much closer than we ever expect and home can be found in the most unexpected places.