Jim Carruth

Jim Carruth (b. 1963)
Jim Carruth
Jim Carruth



Jim Carruth is a Renfrewshire-based poet and is involved in the work of two of Scotland's poetry organisations. He is currently Glasgow's Makar.


Full Biography

Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone in 1963 and grew up on his parents' dairy farm. After spending a period in Turkey he returned to live in Renfrewshire. He is one of the founders and current chair of St Mungo's Mirrorball, a network of Glasgow-based poets, and is the artistic adviser for StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival.

His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, came out in 2004 and was followed by five pamphlet collections, most recently Working the Hill  (Mariscat, 2011) and Rider at the Crossing (Happenstance, 2012). 

In 2009 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and was the winner of the James McCash poetry competition. In 2010 he brought out Grace Notes 1959, a personal response to four classic and ground breaking jazz albums, and his work was also showcased in Oxford Poets 2010.

He continues to collaborate with a range of artists including Andy Scott, Murray Robertson, Brigid Collins, Barbara Robertson and Michael Waight.

In 2014, he became Glasgow's Makar. His most recent collection is Killochries, a verse novella, tracking the relationship of two very different men working a remote sheep farm over the course of twelve months.