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Shara McCallum and Rab Wilson
Fri 5 May 2017, 19:00 – 20:00 BST
Shara McCallum visits Scotland to read from her new collection Madwoman (Peepal Tree Press) alongside Scotland's own Rab Wilson.
Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry, published in the US and UK: Madwoman, The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks in the US, UK and other parts of Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Dutch, and Turkish. Her personal essays appear regularly in print and online. Recognition for her writing includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry, and other awards. She is Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and the Margaret Hollinshead Ley Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Bucknell University.
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 first main published work was his version in Scots of the famous medieval Persian work The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam; this was followed by three collections of his own poetry 'chiefly in the Scots language'. Rab Wilson was on the Parliamentary Working Group on the Scots Language, 2009-2010.