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Portrait show honours Robert Burns' influence

2nd December 2009

A photographic exhibition of celebrated Scots and their favourite Robert Burns poems has been unveiled.

First minister Alex Salmond opened the show, which was created by Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie, as part of Scotland Week in Brussels 2009.

The exhibition features 25 portraits of key figures in contemporary Scottish life. Each subject chose their favourite Burns poem and explained why it is important to them.

Malley said that the project aimed to capture each sitter's character as well as the essence of their selected poem.

'As we discovered during the time spent on this project, Robert Burns is just as relevant, entertaining and inspiring today as he was 250 years ago,' she added.

Mr Salmond also claimed that Burns is the country's 'greatest cultural icon' and said he was 'delighted' to open the show at the end of Scotland's Homecoming Year.

A recent poll by STV named Burns as the greatest Scot of all time, with the poet ranked above writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.K. Rowling, as well as a host of other luminaries.

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