Rab Wilson

Rab Wilson (b. 1960)
Rab Wilson
Rab Wilson (image by kind permission of Sandy Robertson)



Rab Wilson was born in the Ayrshire village of New Cumnock in 1960. After an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board he left the pits following the miner's strike of 1984-5 to become a psychiatric nurse. 

His major work to date is his 'owersettin', in Scots, of the famous medieval Persian work The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam. The late Prof. Philip Hobsbaum (ex chair of English Literature, Glasgow University) has described this work as 'an astonishing feat'.

His first major collection of poetry, Accent o the mind: Poems, chiefly in the Scots language, was published by Luath Press in 2006. In January 2009, he launched Chuckies fir the Cairn, an anthology of poets from Dumfries and Galloway. Wilson stated that "Ah wantit tae create a buik o poems that was a delicht. Enjoyable, accessible an a pleasuir fir fowk tae read. The makars in this buik dinnae jist write in the leid – they leeve it! Tae hear them read is tae hear a souch o Scotland that is in vera much danger o passin awa."

A second collection, Life Sentence: More Poems Chiefly in the Scots Language, was published in 2009.