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Record-breaking attempt for Robbie Burns Day

January 21, 2013

Leith Davis, SFU Centre for Scottish Studies, 604.205.9448,
Trisha Barker, Centre for Scottish Studies, 604.876.9252,
Emily Ross, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

One year after establishing the world record for the longest recitation of Robbie Burns’ poetry, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies will attempt to break its own mark of four hours, nine minutes and 24 seconds this Friday, at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

Beginning at 9 a.m. at Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery, readers will include Christopher Gaze, Bard on the Beach artistic director, Alma Lee, founding artistic director of the Vancouver Writers Festival, Teresa Margaret King, a distant relative of Robbie Burns, as well as singers, actors, and international guests joining in the fun via Skype.

Along with the marathon, there will be bagpipes, haggis, dance, and performances by the Fraser Academy Children’s Choir to commemorate the popular Scottish poet.

The event is one of a number of Robbie Burns Day celebrations taking place on January 25, which include a formal procession and toast to the haggis at SFU Surrey and a sold-out fundraising dinner for the SFU Pipe Band at Burnaby’s Bonsor Banquet Hall.

Those interested in reading at the marathon or for more information, please contact Tricia Barker at

  • What: 2nd Annual Robbie Burns Day marathon poetry reading
  • When: January 25, 2012, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: Teck Gallery (main floor), SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings

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