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. In 2014, he became Glasgow's Makar.

Carruth was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009 and has been the winner of the James McCash poetry competition and the McLellan Poetry Prize. 

His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, came out in 2004 and has been followed by five further pamphlet collections. His work was also showcased in Oxford Poets 2010Killochries, a verse novella, tracking the relationship of two very different men working a remote sheep farm was published in 2014, and shortlisted for three prestigious prizes. Black Cart  appeared in 2017.



Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

Bovine Pastoral (Ludovic Press, 2004)
High Auchensale (Ludovic Press, 2006) 
Cowpit Yowe (Ludovic Press, 2008)
Grace Notes 1959 (Dreadful Night Press, 2010)
Working the Hill  (Mariscat, 2011)
Rider at the Crossing (Happenstance, 2012)
Prodigal (Mariscat Press, 2014)
Killochries (Freight Books, 2015)
Migration (Vagabond Voices, 2016) 
Black Cart (Freight Books, 2017)