Podcast: Robert Burns Subversive Radical by Kevin Williamson

Robert Burns was a radical, subversive political dissident throughout his life. His poems push against oppression, injustice and the treatment of the poor. Becoming the flavour of the time of the Edinburgh bourgeoisie he redoubled his efforts to change the social landscape of Scotland through his prose, art and opinions.  This put him at odds with the powers that be, and his risked his freedom to shout for the common man.

He sympathised with the republican ideals of the American Revolution of 1776, as well as the French Revolution of 1789, although his own government declared war on both republics.

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19th August 2011: 'Robert Burns: Shortbread Tin Icon, or Radical Subversive?' by Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson

During the Edinburgh International Festival of August 2012 twenty two talks were given at Leith on the Fringe at the Out of the Blue venue.  They were free and open to everyone

Name of speaker and subject:

Kevin Williamson on Robert Burns

Title of talk:

Robert Burns: Shortbread Tin Icon, or Radical Subversive?

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • The Framing of Robert Burns
  • Robert Burns:  Not In My Name
  • The Scottish Terror
  • A Fickle Man?

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