For David Kinloch, a Scottish private school education ignored all Scottish literature and Robert Burns' image as a womaniser was a complication for a poet who hadn't yet come out.
David Kinloch discusses his attitude to Robert Burns' 'womanising'.
Liz Lochhead discusses her education in a Motherwell state school, which was infused with Burns - with reading, memorising and performing in competitions, which were the lifeblood of Burns appreciation.
Liz Lochhead discusses her education in a Motherwell state school.
Robert Crawford, a biographer of Burns as well as a poet himself, finds himself using the bard as a touchstone for the humanity of his own poetry.
Robert Crawford on using Burns as a touchstone for the humanity of his own poetry.
Kathleen Jamie is intrigued by Burns' ability to transform himself into whatever his audience required of him - even, in order to twist the tail of a lord, a river.
She visits the Falls of Bruar to observe the trick.
Douglas Dunn finds Burns too distant to be a direct influence on himself, but he sees the way that the poet's influence changed across the 20th Century.
Douglas Dunn discusses how Burns's influence changed during the 20th Century.