Burns Night Celebrations
David’s home town of Prestwick lies in the Burns Country in Ayrshire. The life and works of the poet have been a lifelong interest, about which he has written and broadcast widely. In 2000, he and the First Minister of Scotland were selected by the Burns Federation to be principal speakers at the Millennium Burns Dinner in Edinburgh.
He is Chairman of the Edinburgh Burns Club and has proposed The Immortal Memory – the traditional Toast to The Bard – at Burns Suppers across Scotland and England – and as far abroad as Paris, Nairobi, Moscow and Washington D.C. All his speeches on the subject are illustrated by glorious images from the National Archives.
As an Editor of The Burns Encyclopaedia, he also contributes to academic meetings and seminars on the subject of the Scottish Enlightenment, that remarkable era of the 18th Century in which Burns, David Hume, Adam Smith and Sir Walter Scott were four of the great stars.
Thanks to the advent of Copyright Clearance, nearly all of his literary speeches on Enlightenment subjects are also accompanied by illustrations released from the National Archives.
Many public, corporate and sports bodies now hold their own Burns Nights. David often advises Organising Committees on the format and delivery of the classical Burns Supper – and can contribute either of the principal Toasts as required.