Butler, Bissett, and Burns

Posted January 25, 2010 3:22 pm by Nicola Stratton

After the excitements of last year it is good to see that Robert Burns can still make it to no.3 in the Scot of the Year poll from Scotscare, finishing behind Susan Boyle and the decisive winner Gerard Butler. In fact Butler might just make a good screen Burns, and perhaps he has the Hollywood clout to pull it off. Meanwhile novelist and playwright Alan Bissett who was one of the memorable guests here at the National Library of Scotland last year has written a new version of the Address to the Haggis for Burns Night. Given that Bissett’s last novel was the acclaimed Death of a ladies man, perhaps we could expect a successful Bissett/Butler collaboration on a new version of the Robert Burns story ?

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