Anybody but Burns event a success

Photo shows people using computers in the National Library of Scotland
Editing at the event

This post was written by Ally Crockford, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland

The weather may not have been co-operating, but the National Library of Scotland’s Anybody but Burns edit-a-thon was not going to be held up by a little bit of wind and rain this past Saturday.

Thirteen participants, some established Wikipedians and some new initiates, braved the bluster to help raise the profile of some of those Scottish poets who are doomed to live in the shadow of The Bard.

There may not have been any haggis or whisky, but there was an unprecedented (and highly appropriate) supply of cake on hand to fuel hungry contributors as they set to. Even though early Wi-Fi troubles made the training session somewhat unconventional to say the least, the day went on to see the successful creation of five new articles, the majority for female poets, and many more were improved.

Special thanks go to the Scottish Poetry Library for their support in co-organising the event, and to User:Graeme Arnott, User:Triptropic, and User:Lee Bunce for their assistance throughout.