Those who enjoy a good laugh are in for a treat at the next Paisley & District U3A monthly meeting on Thursday.

Guest speaker and author James Thomson will share what makes the epic tale of Tam o’ Shanter by Rabbie Burns one of the finest poetic stories ever written. This free event starts at 2pm in the Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street, Paisley, PA1 1ND with tea/coffee from 1.30pm.

A former Ayrshire police superintendent, now management and HR consultant, author James Thomson has been speaking about the life and works of Robert Burns for many years.  He is an Honorary President of Greenock Burns Club (The Mother Club) and also an Honorary President of the Robert Burns World Federation.

His book In and Out of Tam o’ Shanter, published in 2010, explores and explains this epic poem written in a Scots dialect. 

U3A Chair Kathleen O’Donnell said: “Our first monthly meeting in 2020 promises to be an interesting and humorous event. James Thomson will share why these verses composed in the Scottish dialect still hold an everlasting appeal to 21st century audiences. We can better understand what made this poem worth studying at school.”

Writer James Thomson, added: “Robert Burns stated Tam o’ Shanter was his best work but nowadays most of its meanings and references are not understood. As his only narrative poem it’s a wonderful illustration of Scotland’s 18th century social history.”

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