Robert Burns World Federation

We are delighted and honoured to have the Robert Burns World Federation involved in Virtual Tamfest! RBWF will involve Burns Clubs and Societies from across the world! 

Where in the world is Robert Burns?
From 1st – 12th October

Use Twitter to send a photo, details and location of Statues of the famous Scotsman, Robert Burns or references to his work in physical form, including GPS or ‘What3Words’ using the hashtag #RabBurnsWorld

Lecturing Tam on ABC

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Monday 5th October – A. “In and Out of Tam o’ Shanter” Delivered by Jim Thomson, who is a past president of the Federation – based on his book of the same name. Video of the event:

Wednesday 7th October – B. “Tam o’ Shanter; A Tale of its First Publication” Delivered by Bill Dawson, who is a past president of the Federation – What drove Burns to compose the poem and when was the actual first date of publication:

Friday 9th October –  C. “Supernatural Burns” Delivered by Marc Sherland, President of the Federation – Why was Robert Burns so obsessed with the spooky and the supra-natural? Video of the event:

Tam the Glorious
Saturday 10th October

Competition video – An international competition for the best ‘Glorious Tam’ recitation through the use of Zoom. judged by RBWF Senior Vice President, Henry Cairney; Polly Beck, Speech & Drama Specialist; Jackie Higgins, Senior Vice President of Dumfries Ladies Burns Club. 

Contestants: David Brown, Ron Pratt, Simon Lamb, Andy Harrower, Jim Osborne

The winner in 1st place was Andy Harrower and in 2nd place David Brown. Congratulations to every participant.  Video of the event:

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