UWS Graduate the New Scriever at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
University of the West of Scotland graduate Simon Lamb has taken over the role of Scriever (the writer-in-residence) at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire.
Simon’s first poem as Scriever was Sonnet: Brig o’ Doon. His second was Wintersang, a versioning into Scots of a song lyric from Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.
As Burns Season is in full swing, Simon has been busy as with a tour of primary schools to share his popular “Lamb o’ Shanter” experience: a workshop based on Burns’s Tam o’ Shanter — as you’ve never seen it before.
Simon commented: “I’m so happy to be back on the road with this explosion of poetry and passion. And even more special this year now that I’m writer-in-residence at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.”
In 2021, Simon won the Robert Burns World Federation’s international poetry writing competition with a poem called The Working Birds, and will continue to write new poems in his role as Scriever, a position he will hold till 2025.
Following his graduation ceremony from UWS on 3rd July 2015 Simon celebrated that evening by going on to win Gaiety’s Got Talent in the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, – a busy and memorable day for the poet!