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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 23:36 GMT 00:36 UK
Poetry gala for Bard boy Doherty
Pete Doherty
Doherty won a poetry scholarship when he was 16
Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty is to perform his own poetry at a Scottish festival celebrating Robert Burns.

The controversial former Libertines front man is among headline acts at the Burns An' A' That! event in Ayrshire, along with Lou Reed.

The festival toasts the Bard's legacy with music, poetry, art and literature.

Doherty will recite some of his work as part of The Radical Tradition on 28 May, in what has been billed "an evening of explosive poetry and song".

Earlier this week, charges of robbery and blackmail against Doherty were dropped.

Our programme may be controversial or at least unpredictable, but it will appeal to a broad range of contemporary audiences
Pete Irvine
Unique Events

The singer was arrested in February following an alleged dispute at a north London hotel.

Doherty, who was kicked out of his former band the Libertines last year over his spiralling drug habit, spent five nights in police and prison custody as a result of his arrest.

He has recently undergone a further spell of drug rehabilitation and has enjoyed a Top 10 hit with his new band.

Doherty is also a published poet who won the opportunity to work with The British Council in Russia at the age of 16.

Festival director Pete Irvine, of Unique Events, said this year's event was shaping up to be the best yet.

'Controversial and unpredictable'

He said: "The growth and success of the Burns An' A' That! festival has been phenomenal.

"Once again artists from the UK, the US and here in Scotland, inspired by Robert Burns, have risen to the occasion and will participate in a unique cultural showcase.

"Our programme may be controversial or at least unpredictable, but it will appeal to a broad range of contemporary audiences."

Among the other artists appearing at the festival, which runs from 20-29 May, are Mylo, Finlay Quaye, Eddi Reader and Del Amitri front man Justin Currie.

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