Alan Bissett: Inside the Mind of Robert Burns

For nearly twenty years, Alan Bissett – award-winning playwright and novelist from bonny Falkirk – has been gracing Scottish stages with his unique blend of wit, patter and performance. Perhaps less well known is that he has a street named after him in Hallglen, the scheme where he grew up, and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Stirling University for his contribution to Scottish culture!

Following the controversial documentary about Robert Burns he presented on BBC Scotland earlier this year, Alan talks to our ‘virtual’ BIG LIT audience about the complex and contradictory psychological elements which made up Scotland’s bard. The mythologising of Robert Burns, he argues, has overtaken the reality of him, as a flawed, sometimes selfish and other times vulnerable human being, whose genius and political radicalism often stood in stark contrast to his ability to cause chaos in his personal relationships.

A BIG LIT ‘health warning’. Rabbie’s language was often more than a little fruity!