International Friends of Dumfries Theatre Royal

An invitation to all RBANA members from Theatre Director, Mark Alexander, at  The Theatre Royal, Dumfries: Scotland’s Oldest Theatre The Theatre Royal Dumfries is Scotland’s oldest theatre, founded in 1792 by Robert Burns and other leading citizens. When work was finished on the major refurbishment in 2015, our bust of Rabbie was returned, piped in … [Read more…]

New RBANA Logo Launches

On the Homepage you will now see what we are calling the RBANA secondary logo. The current RBANA logo is difficult, if not impossible to reproduce by way of embroidery. In today’s world branding is important for success. This new logo was introduced at the AGM in Philadelphia by US Director George McClennan who had it displayed … [Read more…]

Hume Trophy Winner 2017

Here are the two winning poems in the Jack Hume Heather & Thistle Trophy competition 2017 for original poetry written in the style of Robert Burns. First was Jim Fletcher of Halifax Burns Club, and second Jim McLaughlin of Calgary Burns Club. Congratulations to both. Hume Trophy Winners 2017

Free Robert Burns App now available

The Scottish Government has made available in the App Store for Apple and Android a free app entitled The Works of Robert Burns. This contains an alphabetized listing of the complete works, with translations of key words, as well as a Robert Burns Timeline and a Guide to Burns Suppers

Free Online Course on Robert Burns

Free Online Course – ‘Robert Burns: Poems, Songs, and Legacy’ Such was the success of the free online course on Robert Burns offered in January by the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, in partnership with Futurelearn, that a second course is now available for enrolment. Over the course of three … [Read more…]

Poetry Writing Competition Results

Twelve entries were received for the inaugural annual competition for the Jack Hume Heather & Thistle Trophy for original poems written in the style of Robert Burns. The judges, Jack Hume himself, Les Strachan (US Director), RBANA and Willie Gibson (RBWF delegate from Scotland) were impressed by the quality of the entries, but came to … [Read more…]