Prose & SongCorrespondence & Poetry

The Project

AHRC major-funded project: ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’
General Editor: Gerard Carruthers

The work of the new Oxford University Press collected Burns housed here in the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow will take upwards of fifteen years. This site provides information related to the first tranche of volumes for the edition (2011-16): Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose (one volume); The Scots Musical Museum (two volumes); and Songs for George Thomson (one volume). Preparatory work is currently being undertaken for three volumes of Letters – to as well as from Burns, and two volumes of Poetry. At the planning stage also are editions of Miscellaneous Songs; Pirated, Fugitive and Chapbook Texts and an anthology of Burns’s contemporaries. In support of and drawing from the edition, The Oxford Handbook to Robert Burns is at the prospectus stage, comprising around 40 critical essays (and about 300,000 words) by experts from around the world. Updates on all of the work mentioned above will be posted on this site when available and it is a major hope of the Glasgow team that through this website and its links (to Facebook, Twitter etc.) the wider Burnsian community will collaborate in the collection and exchange of information pertaining to ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’. Many people share a love of Robert Burns and his work, and this website aims to be a portal enhancing that collective appreciation.
— Gerard Carruthers