Taking place at the new open house venue, Archer Lodge, the visitor will pass through an arch of books and a under a suspended ceiling of tomes dedicated to the great Scot. In the first room Scottish ballads (sung live), quirky evocations of traditional Burn’s food and a bar will conjure Tam o’Shanter’s cosy inn of song and clatter. The viewer will journey on through through 5ft high pages in the second room, a ghost train-style exploration of Tam o’Shanter’s nightmarish ride home from the pub. Ghostly visions, ghoulish murders and Alloway’s Church, occupied by Auld Nick with his posse of witches, will reflect Glasgow’s passage though the twentieth century culminating in the world of the infamous book and film, Trainspotting.
Among other delights, the viewer will be able to climb stairs into Burns’ To A Mouse poem where constructions of tiny nests are set up alongside protests against the oncoming ploughs. In the first floor library, Address to the Deil, Burns’ epic poem, is the theme in the second of two bars set up for the visitors to enjoy and meet with the artists, poets and musicians that bring you this alternative Burns night