Robbie Burns Marathon Reading at SFU

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today is Robbie Burns Day, celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Burns Suppers are usually held January 25th (the anniversary of the Scot’s birthday) and involve whisky, haggis, and reading of Burns’ poetry.

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This year Simon Fraser University is taking the notion of the Burns Supper one step further by attempting to set a world record for the logest recitation of Robert Burns’ poetry and songs.

What SFU Marathon Burns Reading.
When January 25, 2012 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St
Notes This is a free event but you are to “bring your own Burns” for reading.

It’s probably too late to RSVP online and book a 5-minute time slot for your reading but the public is welcome to attend. There will be refreshments and entertainment all morning.

Update They did it! According to News1130, SFU set a new world record with their Robbie Burns Day readings. Over 100 people spent 4 hours, 9 minutes, and 24 seconds reciting the poet’s words.

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  1. Tricia BarkerWednesday, February 1st, 2012 — 7:22pm PST

    Thanks for the mention Rebecca. It was an amazing event! Give us a few days then please check out our website at for some video on the event and to see what we plan to do next. Who knew Burns poetry could be so much fun!! And who knew haggis tasted that good!!

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