Poet Robert Burns' complete works in free iPhone app

Complete works of the Scottish poet in your back pocket

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind, download it for your iPhone.

The Scottish Government has launched a free iPhone app featuring the complete works of National Bard Robert Burns.

The app provides instant access to 550 of Burns' published poems, writings and love songs in a searchable database including famous works like 'To A Mouse' and 'Auld Lang Syne', which most of us have probably never heard in a sober state.

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There's also tips on how to host your own Burns Supper, a tradition stretching back to his death in 1796. Naturally, it's just scotch whiskey and haggis, but you'll need to learn about the toasts and speeches to make it more than your average breakfast meal in Aberdeen.

Scotland's Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: "His legacy is of incalculable value to Scotland and the country’s image abroad. This app uses the very latest technology to bring Burns firmly into the 21st century, with his enduring messages of human equality and international brotherhood now available to iPhone users the world over."

"This app will appeal to existing admirers of Burns and make his poetry available to a whole new audience. It is a great platform to promote his work on the international stage"

The app launch ties in with the opening of the Robert Burns Birthplace museum Alloway, Scotland.

Link: The List