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Welcome to ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’.

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow recently secured a major AHRC research grant to produce a multi-volume edition of Robert Burns’s work, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

The project, ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’, began in 2009, the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birth, and will take at least 15 years to complete.

In January 2011 the Centre was awarded the equivalent of £1.1 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council towards producing the first volumes of the edition:

  • Burns’s Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose, edited by Nigel Leask.
  • The Scots Musical Museum, edited by Murray Pittock.
  • Burns’s Songs for George Thomson, edited by Kirsteen McCue.

The ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ AHRC grant will enable the Centre for Robert Burns Studies to:

  • Undertake research for the first three volumes of the OUP edition. This research will be supported by the appointment of two postdoctoral research assistants and two funded PhD students, to be appointed in the course of the first 3 years.
  • Establish a major innovative website, including social networking, with the wider global community.
  • Commission, record and upload recordings of Burns’s songs to support the OUP edition.
  • Host a number of events including conferences, performances, key-note lectures, symposia and exhibitions.

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