Born in Paisley in 1948, Ian Nimmo White was the Professional Youth and Community Officer with Fife Council from 1972 to 2004, and now lives in Angus. From 1998 to 2003, he edited Fife Lines, a magazine profiling the work of established Scottish poets alongside the work of high school pupils. He is a past Chairman of Fife Bookfest and past Vice-chairman of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust, leading the campaign to erect, on both sides of the Tay, memorials to the victims of the tragedy. Six lines of his poetry are engraved on the stones beside the names of the victims.
His poetry collections include Standing Back (Petrel, 2000) and Symmetry (2007), and he has published a novel based on the life of James Glanville Lewis.