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Poetry Activities for Burns Night

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By Paul Cookson, Poet

Create your own Burns Night poems with these fun ideas from Paul Cookson.

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Photo © Julie Dawn Thomas

Burns Night is a celebration of Scottish Poet Robert Burns. Some of his more famous poems are read out and there is a traditional Scottish feast – including haggis.

Let’s think about starting points for children writing their own poems …

I always think that ideas are the most important thing when it comes to getting started. Then it’s a case of finding the idea that you like best and seeing where those ideas take you. Have fun, be imaginative…

So, here are a few to get you started …


1. Haggis recipes

Haggis is a funny word – and a funny food too – full of strange and weird and wonderful ingredients.

So, why not invent a strange mixture of foods – and other things(?!) – to go into the weirdest haggis ever … Make it into a list poem.

The best things to stuff a haggis with

The worst things to put in a haggis

The strangest things found inside a haggis


2. Monster mayhem

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