Clark McGinn, one of the foremost Burns Supper speakers in the world, presents the "Ultimate Guide to the Burns Supper", containing all the information you need to enjoy a Supper, whether as host, speaker or guest. It includes: complete run through of what to expect on the night, with a list of courses and speeches; what to wear; how to prepare and present speeches; common Burns Supper questions (and their answers!); Burns' greatest poems, including a full English verse translation of the "Address to a Haggis"; and answers to your worries about eating haggis and drinking whisky. "Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware, That jaups in luggies; But if ye wish her gratfu' prayer, Gie her a Haggis! 'Address to a Haggis,' " - Robert Burns. With detailed descriptions and instructions by a recognised and widely credited Burns supper speaker, this is a guide to a widespread and popular social event that has been practiced for 200 years. It is also an informal, light hearted introduction to an event that non Scots might otherwise find confusing or intimidating.
Clark is well known as a speaker and writer on Robert Burns (speaking at a dozen Burns Suppers across the world every year) but his latest book, Out Of Pocket is the fruit of his 25 years banking career in London and New York. As discussed on the Today programme, this approachable study of banking crisis and financial folly over the centuries explains how today's crunch has happened before and, warns that,without major changes, it will happen again in the future.
He writes for The Scotsman, Sunday Herald and other newspapers and his speeches have been seen on TV in the UK and abroad.