Rab Wilson

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



Rab Wilson is a poet and Scots language activist from Ayrshire.

Full Biography

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.

Wilson's first main published work was his version in Scots of the famous medieval Persian poem The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam; this was followed by three collections of his own poetry 'chiefly in the Scots language'. He has collaborated with the artist Hugh Bryden in adaptations of Horace's satires in Scots, and with Calum Colvin in a book of responses to Robert Burns. He has edited an anthology of contemporary poetry from Dumfries and Galloway writers and written a series of poems as the first James Hogg Creative Resident. 

Rab Wilson was on the Parliamentary Working Group on the Scots Language, 2009-2010, and is on the Committee of the Scots Language Centre. 

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam in Scots (Edinburgh: Luath, 2004)
Accent o the Mind: poems, chiefly in the Scots language (Edinburgh: Luath, 2006)
Life Sentence: more poems chiefly in the Scots language (Edinburgh: Luath, 2009)
'Ye're there Horace!': Horace's first buik o satires owerset and adaptit intil Scots (Dumfries: Roncador Press, 2010)
1957 Flying Scot: a sonnet redoublé (Dumfries: Roncador Press, 2011)
A Map for the Blind: poems, chiefly in the Scots language (Edinburgh: Luath, 2011)
Burnsiana: artworks and poems inspired by the life and legacy of Robert Burns (with Calum Colvin) (Edinburgh: Luath, 2014)
Hairst: the James Hogg Creative residency (Yarrow: Weproductions, 2015)
Zero Hours (Edinburgh: Luath, 2016)