Rab Wilson (born 1 September 1960, New Cumnock, Ayrshire) is a Scottish poet who writes mainly in the Scots language. His works include a Scots translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and the poetry books Accent o the Mind, Life Sentence, and A Map for the Blind.
He held an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board, working at Barony Pit in Ayrshire, but gave up mining as a result of the UK miners' strike (1984–1985) and instead trained as a psychiatric nurse.
In 2012 he spoke to lawyers at the 4th European Collaborative Conference.
He is closely connected with Scottish national poet Robert Burns, who was also from Ayrshire. Wilson worked on the project Burnsiana with Calum Colvin and discovered that Burns may have taken part of Tam O' Shanter from English poet Edmund Bolton.
He won the 2008 McCash Scots poetry competition.
The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam
His free translation of The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam was published in 2010.
The Jolly Beggars
Ye're There Horace!
Burnsiana is a collaboration with artist Calum Colvin, producing an art exhibition and book featuring poems written by Wilson in response to the work of Robert Burns. Colvin produced artworks by painting Burns-related images onto rooms full of objects.
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