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ScotlandsFest 2016: Poetry and Politics in Modern Scotland
Thu 25 August 2016, 15:30 – 17:00 BST
ScotlandsFest 2016: Poetry and Politics in Modern Scotland with Rab Wilson and Christie Williamson
Young Shetland poet Christie Williamson, whose Oo and Feddirs (appeared to great acclaim in 2015, in conversation with Rab Wilson, whose poetry gives vigorous expression in Scots to the issues of the day. Irrepressibly radical, his latest collection is Zero Hours.
CHRISTIE WILLIAMSON Williamson’s translation of poems by Federico Garcia Lorca won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Prize in 2010. It is not so much a manifesto as a manifestation through poetry of what it’s like to be him: a living, breathing human being like any other.
RAB WILSON was born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, in 1960 and worked in the Ayrshire pits until the end of the Miners’ Strike of 1984. He then left the mining industry to train as a psychiatric nurse in 1986. A Scots poet, Rab writes predomi-nantly in Lallans, and his poetry has appeared in some of Scotland’s leading poetry magazines, and regularly in The Herald newspaper’s daily poetry column. He has performed his work to varied audiences throughout Scotland and has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, the Robert Burns Inter-national Festival, the Burns an a’ That Festival and was a featured poet at the Wigtown Book Festival.