Letters to Rosie by Ross Wilson


‘A beautiful thing, a joy of a pamphlet’ – Sheila Templeton



Ross Wilson comes from Kelty in West Fife and works full-time as an auxiliary nurse. The recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Clydebuilt Apprenticeship, his book Line Drawing was shortlisted for the 2019 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year award. Letters to Rosie is his third poetry collection.


‘In the winning simplicity of these recent poems, Ross Wilson charts all the freshness, exhilaration and imaginative extension of first fatherhood in tones as clear as the new consciousness of his baby daughter. In its unabashed humanity this pamphlet marks a bright addition to his more politically engaged work; irrevocably changed by the birth of his child, he strikes a note here as full of hope and potential as a thrush’s song on an April morning.’
– Gerry Cambridge

Letters to Rosie is a beautiful thing, a joy of a pamphlet. It chronicles Rosie’s growth from first scan to toddler, mirroring in words the string of images hung on the wall by her mum. With their spare, contained language and acute observation, these poems are both funny and poignant… they gleam with light and tenderness, but there is never a scrap of sentimentality. Such acute observation is surely the very essence, always, at the heart of love. Letters to Rosie is a must-read, a gift of a book.’
– Sheila Templeton

‘In Letters to Rosie, Ross Wilson has written a compelling celebratory record of the first two years of his daughter’s life. Bridging time, generations and place, these intimate, joyful and loving letters are poems full of wonder and light.’
– Gerry Loose

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“I catch what I can with my pen
so that when you read this poem
the light that graced you as a bairn
will shine in you again.”

– from ‘Shine’, Letters to Rosie


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