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Robert Burns Lives!
Blue Devilism: Physical and mental health in the life and work of Robert Burns by Moira Hansen

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 Lives!”

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 publication”.

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

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.)

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