Wilson meets the President

President McAleese chats to Derry writer Wilson Burgess and Celine Kitson at a recent event in the Linen Hall Library. (300911JC8)

President McAleese chats to Derry writer Wilson Burgess and Celine Kitson at a recent event in the Linen Hall Library. (300911JC8)

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Derry based Ulster Scots writer Wilson Burgess was honoured last week when invited to present his two books of Ulster Scots poetry to the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

The presentation took place in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast and was attended by patrons of the Linen Hall as well as celebrities from the arts and literary scene. A piano recital was given by world renowned pianist Barry Douglas.

The President spent sometime with Burgess discussing the cross community aspect of his work.

“The President expressed a keen interest and told me that a relative of her own was a fluent Ulster Scots speaker,” Wilson Burgess told the ‘Journal’.

When Burgess was asked what message he had for the President, he said: “Ah toul her she was a great wumman and did a quare job as President.”

“She said she welcomed that ringing endorsement and thought it was an excellent end of term report! It was a privilege and an honour to present her with my books. She is a wonderful lady,” Wilson added.