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Celebrating Robbie Burns with poetry marathon

January 23, 2014

Leith Davis, Centre for Scottish Studies, 778.782.4833,
Tricia Barker, Centre for Scottish Studies, 604.876.9252,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Haggis, shortbread, and a world-record attempt at poetry reading will all be featured at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies’ third annual Robbie Burns Day Marathon Reading on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Centre is attempting to break its world record for the “Longest Continual Recitation of Burns’ Poetry and Song,” after logging a time of five hours, 41 minutes, and 57 seconds in 2013, and have set a goal of six hours. Participants are welcome to bring their favourite works or choose from select readings by the 18th century poet. Those who cannot be at the event in person are welcome to Skype or call in.
“Part of the charm of this event is the wide range of people taking part,” comments Centre for Scottish Studies’ Tricia Barker.

“Last year included a singer from the UK singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to a man sitting in his car on the side of the highway in Langley.”

The celebrations begin at 9 a.m. in the Teck Gallery at Harbour Centre with talks by local Burns experts, as well as complimentary haggis and shortbread.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their Robbie Burns treasures to show off.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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