Burns Federation No  458

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns is being celebrated in 2009. Touched by Robert Burns is Andy Hall’s unique tribute, in words and photographs, to the great poet.


Following on from the success of his Sense of Belonging to Scotland books, Andy has asked 60 well-known people to describe how the works of Burns have touched their lives. Each of their pieces is accompanied by atmospheric photography, evoking the writings of the Bard, and the landscape that inspired his poetry.


Participants in Touched by Robert Burns include Sir Alex Ferguson, Maya Angelou, Brian Cox, Sir Tom Hunter and Seamus Heaney, who has written a poem especially for the book.

Andy Hall was born in 1954 and was brought up in the north-east of Scotland. He graduated from Aberdeen University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1977. His study of Scottish literature, particularly that of Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Robert Burns, had a powerful influence on him and shaped his love of the Scottish landscape, encouraging him to convey its essential elements through the medium of photography.


Andy’s reputation as a photographer of places and people has gained international recognition as a result of the success of his book, A Sense of Belonging to Scotland, The Favourite Places of Scottish Personalities.

Touched By Robert Burns

by Andy Hall

Launched at Edinburgh Castle on 30th November 2008