Jim C. Wilson was born in Edinburgh in 1948, and now lives in Gullane. He studied English at Edinburgh University, and taught for nine years at Telford College. He started writing seriously in his thirties, and was Writer in Residence for Stirling District from 1989 to1991 and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow from 2001to 2007. His ‘Poetry in Practice’ classes are now going into their 25th year, having run at Edinburgh University since 1994.
His poems have been widely published in magazines, and he has five collections; Come Close and Listen appeared from Greenwich Exchange in 2014. He has won several competitions, including the Scottish International and Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy.
Jim Wilson’s prose works include The Happy Land (Ramsay Head Press, 1991) which was adapted and broadcast on Radio Scotland. Kettillonia published his childhood reminiscences, Spalebone Days (2002). Wilson once had a passion for writing letters to The Scotsman newspaper. He had 218 published – then lost interest. He is an Honorary member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets, who have been running monthly poetry events for some 26 years.