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Rab Wilson – A Newsin Wi Jack Aitken

'A Newsin Wi Jack Aitken' was commissioned by Dictionaries of the Scots Language in celebration of Scots and its extensive history. Read the poem here 👉

Rab Wilson hails from the Ayrshire village of New Cumnock. His published work includes his Scots version of The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam, and three collections of his own poetry ‘chiefly in the Scots language’.

Rab 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.

Ayrshire is traditionally associated with both West Central Scots and South Central Scots, two parts of the Central Scots dialect continuum. Rab is a native of the intersection of these two dialects areas.

As a lasting tribute to DOST and all those involved in its making, we have commissioned five poems in celebration of Scots and its extensive history. The poems, written in a variety of local vernaculars, were published on St Andrew’s Day 2021.