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Russian school pupils visit University of Glasgow as part of Robert Burns tour

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A group of Russian school pupils have been welcomed to Glasgow University as part of a trip organised by the Robert Burns World Federation, taking in different locations connected with Burns.

Robert Burns enjoys a huge popularity in Russia, where he is known as the 'people's poet' and his work is studied as part of the school curriculum; and Russia was the first country in the world to issue a postage stamp in Burns' memory.

The school group are visiting locations around Scotland that had an association with our national bard such as Dumfries, Edinburgh and Alloway. On 1 November 2017, students took part in a series of short lectures with academics at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

Robert Burns and Russia

Professor Gerard Carruthers, Co-director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature, said: “We were delighted to welcome this group from St Petersburg to the University.

“Robert Burns first became popular in Russia in the 19th century. His works were translated into Russia and he was seen as a great source of inspiration for ordinary Russians. Post the Russian Revolution, he became known as the people’s poet and today he is still taught in schools alongside their own national poets.”

Daniil Romanyuk, 16, who plays Robert Burns in the school’s Burns production, said of the visit: “Robert Burns poetry is full of wonderful language and it is very beautiful. We really appreciate coming to Scotland and the University to learn more about his country.”

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