Edited by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Greater Atlanta, GA, USA
I remember how thrilled I was when my first
article was selected for publication…like yesterday but actually it was
years ago and has gone the way of so many other things I have lost or
misplaced during my lifetime. I easily remember the first time I was
actually paid for writing an article for a Scottish magazine. The check
still is taped to the end of my Burns book shelves within arm’s reach of
my credenza. The poor soul who sent me the check has never been able to
balance his company’s checking account…the check meant more to me than
the money! It was the very idea that I had been paid for submitting the
piece. Suffice it to say the check will never be cashed even though the
writing on it continues to fade.
So it is with delight that I share Moira Hansen’s joy at being published
for the first time. And, these few lines of hers could fall into the
category of what I refer to as “What others say about Robert Burns
A friend wrote saying, “I hope you will be pleased with how Moira Hansen
has announced her piece for RBL! on her project website as her “first
She’s clearly appreciative of the
opportunity - it has what my children would call a shout-out for you and
Robert Burns Lives!” This small article will be Chapter 248 in the
website’s index. I look forward to future articles from this talented
young scholar. (FRS: 11.23.16)
Physical and mental health in the life and work of Robert Burns
MY FIRST PUBLICATION!
November 3, 2016
By Moira Hansen
A little bit of excitement today with the
publication of my first piece of project-related writing here
Following my trip to South Carolina, I was delighted to be asked to
write an article for Robert Burns Lives! to introduce the project to the
website’s U.S. readership.
Curated by Frank Shaw, a passionate Burnsian and enthusiastic supporter
of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies [at the University of Glasgow],
the RBL! pages are a mine of information on many aspects of the poet’s
life and contain contributions from lay and academic experts from around
the world – well worth a little exploration.
It’s truly a special moment for me to be given a small space among them.
Hopefully, it also marks the first of many project-related publications!
(Thanks go to Prof. Patrick Scott of
University of South Carolina for his editorial support.)