Craig Sharp Memorial Lecture, 29th November 2019, Kelvin Hall 4.30pm

Following the success of the inaugural event event last year, the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and the Robert Burns World Federation are delighted to co-host the 2nd Annual Craig Sharp Memorial Lecture.

As a newly qualified vet with an interest in muscle performance and anatomy, Prof. Sharp would spend time working at Mossgeil Farm, where he also developed a keen interest in the farm’s former tenant, Robert Burns. Prof. Sharp’s professional interests took him into sports science where he became an eminent researcher and adviser to elite athletes including the British Olympic team. He did not, however, leave his love of the Bard, continuing to undertake independent research in various aspects of the poet’s life, including the events of the missing weekend of Hogmanay 1786 which he published in Studies in Scottish Literature. Prof. Sharp was a particularly special friend to the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, marking its founding with the gift of a Kilmarnock edition of Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. We are delighted to be able to remember and mark his contribution to Burns studies, and the wider Scottish cultural scene, with the establishment of this annual lecture series.

This year's lecture will focus on the Scots Language, and feature two wonderful speakers:

  • Professor Jeremy Smith, Professor of English Philology, who has worked extensively in the history and development of the Scots language
  • Rab Wilson, Ayrshire poet who works in and has spoken widely on the Scots language

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of both speakers afterwards.

This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked at