Aghadowey Ulster Scots poet to launch new book

DER3613SL014 Photo: Stephen Latimer
DER3613SL014 Photo: Stephen Latimer

An Ulster Scots writer, originally from Aghadowey will launch his new book later this month.

Wilson Burgess, who grew up in the Cullycapple townland of Aghadowey, now lives in the Waterside area of Londonderry.

After retiring as a Director for a Londonderry shirt factory, Wilson went to study English at Coleraine University. Since then he has published a handful of Ulster Scots books, his latest is an anthology of Ulster Scots poems.

His poems are about a well known faces and landmarks. He’s even penned poems about some of Ulster’s top sports men.

His latest offering is about Ulster’s top golfers - our very own Graeme McDowell, Darrren Clarke and Holywood’s Rory McIlroy.

Titled ‘The Tee Friens’, the poem pokes fun at Graeme’s ‘mid altantic drawl’ and celebrates his success at Pebble Beach.

This new anthology has been described as “a gem” by the Linen Hall Library’s John Killen. The new collection features work both old and new and has already been accepted into the University of Ulster’s Queens Bookshop and featured on BBC’s Arts Extra programme.

Wilson shows no time for slowing up in retirement. In fact, he’s one of the busiest poets around and earlier this year won the Frances Brown International All-Ireland Poetry Competition - for the second time!

His new anthology features a superb foreword by Dr Frank Ferguson, Director of the Ulster Scots Poetry Project at University of Ulster.

Burgess will be launching his book at the Ullans Centre in Ballymoney on Thursday, September 26.