Touched by Robert Burns

JIMMIE Macgregor and John Cairney at the exhibition.

JIMMIE Macgregor and John Cairney at the exhibition.

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AN exhibition preview took place at the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire recently, of a set of images by Stonehaven photographer Andy Hall. The photographs were taken from his successful book, Touched by Robert Burns, where Andy produced images to accompany some of his favourite lines of Burns poetry.

The event, which was hosted by the National Trust for Scotland and sponsored by William Grant and Sons (Distillers), included guests from the Robert Burns World Federation and Visit Scotland as well as contributors to the book, John Cairney and Jimmie Macgregor. Jimmie will be performing at this year’s Mearns Connections Festival in Arbuthnott on August 13.

Andy’s was only the second exhibition to be staged at the new £21 million museum, following Peter Howson. He said: “I am extremely privileged to have my work on show at such a prestigious venue. People are coming from all over the world to visit the new museum which is a wonderful and fitting location to appreciate the life and works of Robert Burns. The two most pleasing features for me are that the exhibition profiles Touched by Robert Burns, the royalties of which I’m donating in their entirety to UNICEF, and that the book highlights the Mearns as the fatherland of Scotland’s international poet.”

The book itself was launched two years ago at Edinburgh Castle in a reception hosted by Scotland’s First Minister, Rt. Hon Alex Salmond. It is dedicated to Alfie Smith who was a member of the Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club for 56 years and who died earlier this year.

Signed copies are available from Andy himself by emailing aahall@btopenworld.com. Andy is also very happy to deliver a talk or an Immortal Memory based on the book without a fee, but on the basis of a minimum order of signed books purchased by the audience. All royalties will be donated to UNICEF.