PAULINE MACKAY is Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow. She has published widely in Burns studies and has carried out research at major Burns collections in the UK and abroad. She has worked closely with Burns Scotland (the Scottish National Burns Collection), national and international media, and Scotland’s Winter Festivals to further knowledge of Burns: his life, works and phenomenal ‘afterlife’. She recently hosted the podcast series #TaeTheBard. Pauline lives in Glasgow with her husband and two young children.