Burnsiana: Artworks and Poems Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Robert Burns (paperback)

Luath Press Ltd
Rab Wilson
Inset photographer:
Calum Colvin
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This paperback book written by Scots poet Rab Wilson and Scottish artist Calum Colvin, invites the reader to reflect on the life and legacy of the famous poet Robert Burns.

Written in both English and Scots, Colvin and Wilson construct an exquisite narrative that combines Colvin’s unique artwork and photography with Wilson’s carefully constructed poetic responses. This blend of both visual and literary narratives invites the reader to contemplate the nuances of Scottish culture and identity and how they have evolved over the years.

Calum Colvin and Rab Wilson bring a new perspective to Scotland's bard in this incredible blend of art and poetry.

Calum Colvin is a Scottish artist and photographer, working and living in Scotland, who came to prominence in the mid-1980s. His early interest in sculpture led him to develop his unique style of 'constructed photography', creating small sets from everyday objects to resemble domestic interiors. More recently he has used digital technology to generate images that often ask uneasy questions about what makes one truly Scottish. He has exhibited worldwide and created a number of commissions for the National Galleries of Scotland.

Rab Wilson was born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire in 1960. Wilson started out as an engineering apprentice with the National Coal Board, working at Barony Pit in Ayrshire. During the miners’ strike of 1984, he left mining and changed careers, training as a psychiatric nurse. As a poet, Wilson was greatly inspired by the life and works of Robert Burns and he too solely composed his poetry in the Scots language. In 2008, he won the McCash Scots poetry competition and continued to publish works like a Scots translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a stage adaptation of Burns’ The Jolly Beggars, and a collaborative piece with Calum Colvin called Burnsiana.