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Robert Burns

Robert Burns

b. 1759 d. 1796

Burns started life as a ploughman in Scotland but is now one of the world’s most celebrated poets. Every January, his life is remembered with whisky, haggis, singing and dancing on Burns Night....

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A tour of the Archive with Roger Stevens

I really enjoyed listening to all the poems in the Archive. It's fantastic to hear poets reading their own work. It...

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John Milton

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