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Today we are celebrating World Mental Health Day
In this talk, Dr Moira Hansen will explore Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, from the perspective of his mental health. She’ll look at how periods of disordered mood impacted his life, influencing his work and his relationships. She’ll also examine some of the ways he coped with and made sense of these experiences, through the support of friends and the outlet of his poetic creativity, offering a new insight into the genius of one of Scotland’s most famous citizens.


Dr Moira Hansen is a tutor and researcher at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies, where she’s involved in a range of Burns-related work including the multi-million pound “Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century” project. Beyond this, she is an Associate Lecturer with The Open University and is busy exploring her own research interests into the connections between 18th century medical practices, mental health and creativity. She is also currently Convener of the Robert Burns World Federation’s Lifelong Learning and Research Committee, and Reviews Editor of The Burns Chronicle.

'The Picture of thy mind’: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Writings of Robert Burns