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Book Title: The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poet's Journey Through Scotland|
The author of the book: Laurence Overmire
Edition: Indelible Mark Publishing
Date of issue: May 27th 2016
ISBN 13: 9780979539862
Format files: PDF
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Part travelogue, part diary, part poetry, history and genealogy
With an Introduction by Ted Cowan, Scottish historian, University of Glasgow
An American poet who, according to family tradition, is related to the iconic poet Robert Burns, embarks upon a life-changing adventure through Scotland to find the lost connections to his immigrant forebears.
From Bannockburn to Culloden, Edinburgh to Stirling to Inverness and Skye, Glencoe and Loch Lomond, Glasgow and Dumfries, each page reveals another thread of the lore and the mystery, offering a fresh perspective on the times, the places and the people that are woven into the beautiful tapestry that is Scotland.
As an historical snapshot in time, this book will have significant social and cultural relevance for Scotland and the UK in times to come.
PRAISE FOR THE GHOST OF RABBIE BURNS
"A wonderful book of poetry and a great asset if you are making a trip to Scotland."
Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell
"Laurence is a true sennachie, a genealogist as well as a bard."
Ted Cowan, Emeritus professor of Scottish history and literature, University of Glasgow
"touchingly sincere and thoughtful... laced with a wry but kindly humour."
Isla St Clair, singer and broadcaster
"Historically interesting and accurate... a passionate perspective of olden Caledonia."
Steve McDonald, composer, Sons of Somerled
"an amusing, heartfelt, historical journey that every exile should take. Weel duin, Laurence."
Iain H Scott, Scocha
"Overmire has captured that idea of the warrior/poet/wanderer so many of us dream of being. We can live the adventure of William Wallace at Stirling Bridge, or the devotion of Greyfriars Bobby, or the heartbreak of Culloden. Whither from your armchair at home with a glass of single malt in your hand, or on the plane ride over for your own first Scottish Adventure, I would highly recommend Overmire's capture of his own 'first trip home'."
Eric Bullard, President, Clan Buchanan Society Intl., Inc.
"an engaging meditation on Scotland, its history, places and people."
Rev. Calum I. MacLeod, Minister of St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh
"The imagery evoked in his verse and the moral lessons imparted by Laurence represent the message of Robert Burns for the modern time."
Mark Myers, President, Clan Maclean Association of California, USA
"Much of Burns' collected works were captured during his tours of Scotland... this book captures the mood very well as a trail through Scotland."
Jock Meikle, President of the Burns Club of London
"Overmire uncovers the heart of each place he visits and helps us know the very soul of this country."
Anita Scott-Philbrick, Ph.D, Deputy Chieftain, Clan Scott Society
"Overmire has captured what it is like for those with even a trace of Scottish heritage to long for a connection with their ancestral roots... It is refreshing to view history in the context of poetry."
Larry Bardell, President, Oregon Scottish Society
"This book is a poetic, informed and sensitive testament to Scotland - its history, its art, its enduring values, its conflicts, and its spirituality."
Weeden Nichols, F.S.A. Scot., President, Clan MacLeod Society USA
"always with an ear/eye on literary or musical echoes... this poet is interested in connections, not separations."
Dr. Keith Hughes, English Literature, University of Edinburgh
"The art of painting into words my homeland and its history was well done and should be experienced by all whose blood runs 'Per Mare Per Terras'."
Chevalier Dr. Gregory A. McDonald, D.D.S., K.T.J., formerly Ohio Deputy Commissioner, Clan Donald
"It's a pleasant book to curl up with on a cold winter's evening in front of the fireplace, or at the beach on a sunny summer day."
Margaret Frost, Chairman, Scottish American Society, President, American Clan Cumming Association
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Read information about the authorLAURENCE OVERMIRE, said to be a descendant of an uncle of the iconic Scottish poet Robert Burns, is a "true sennachie, a genealogist as well as a bard," according to Scottish historian Ted Cowan (University of Glasgow) .
Known to many for his work as Poet-In-Residence on The Jeff Farias Show, Overmire has had a multi-faceted career, not only as a poet and genealogist, but also as an actor, director, playwright and educator. His award-winning poetry, eclectic in form, style, and subject matter, has been widely published in the U.S. and abroad in hundreds of magazines, journals, and anthologies.
His latest book is "New York Minute: An Actor's Memoir," which is a poetic recounting of his adventures in New York City before and after 9/11.
In "The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poet's Journey Through Scotland," Overmire traces his genealogical roots back into the old country. Part journal, part diary, part poetry, history and genealogy, the book captures the mood and spirit of Old Caledonia. The Duke of Argyll (Chief of Clan Campbell) calls it "a wonderful book... and a great asset if you are making a trip to Scotland."
Overmire's other books of poetry are "Honor and Remembrance: A Poetic Journey Through American History" (2007); "Report From X-Star 10" (2009), sci-fi poetry focusing on the serious social and environmental issues that face humankind; and "Gone Hollywood" (2011), a revealing look at the realities behind the illusions of Show Business. His plays include "Slingshot," "A Woman in Washington’s Army," and "A Scrooge Mart Christmas Carol."
Drawing upon over 20 years of intensive genealogy experience, Overmire authored a helpful How-To handbook for those interested in finding their family history, "Digging for Ancestral Gold: The Fun and Easy Way to Get Started on Your Genealogy Quest." He is also the author of four epic genealogies including "One Immigrant's Legacy: The Overmyer Family in America, 1751-2009" and "A Revolutionary American Family: The McDonalds of Somerset County, New Jersey."
Overmire is also known as the author of "The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action" which has been receiving widespread popular acclaim for its inspiring message of hope despite the dire issues that now threaten all life on our planet. Written in prose with a few poems interspersed, this book is speaking to people from all walks of life from all over the world by appealing to our common humanity and calling for global unity.
Overmire graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian of Muskingum University, Ohio, with a B.A. in theatre and a B.S. in psychology, and was awarded a Bush Fellowship to attend the University of Minnesota, where he earned his M.F.A.
He won a second Bush Fellowship to become a professional actor with the world-renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he worked with such prominent directors as Alan Schneider, Richard Foreman, Garland Wright and Liviu Ciulei. He then went on to a successful career on stage, film and television in New York, Hollywood and points-in-between including the Broadway production of "Amadeus" directed by Sir Peter Hall, the network television soap operas "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live," and "Loving," Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, Charles Busch's zany Off-Broadway hits "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" and "Psycho Beach Party," Equity Library Theatre, Roy Brocksmith's California Cottage Theater, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Yale Repertory Theatre. He also served as Executive Producer of the Writer’s Lab, a non-profit organization in Hollywood to promote quality writing in the entertainment industry, and has been involved in teaching in the arts for over 25 years, designing programs for Lincoln Center Institute of New York City, Manhattan Theatre Club, Meadow Brook Theatre, Lakewood Center for the Arts and O