Burns Night 2023 - To a Mouse

The University of Glasgow houses the biggest concentration of Robert Burns experts in the world.

The experts are based at the School of Critical Studies Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

For Burns Night 2023, the centre's new co-Directors Dr Rhona Brown and Dr Pauline Mackay recite 'To A Mouse'. There are echoes of Adam Smith's 'Theory of Moral Sentiments' in 'To a Mouse', making the poem a fitting choice for the University of Glasgow's Adam Smith 300 celebrations this year.

Adam Smith (1723-1790), considered to be the father of modern economics, was a former student and Professor at the University of Glasgow, and one of the most important figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.

'To a Mouse' was also voted Scotland's favourite Scots poem in a recent VisitScotland survey, with over a fifth of Scots saying this was the favourite one they learned as a child.

First published: 25 January 2023