JIM CARRUTH is a true son of the soil; raised on a farm near Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire. Indeed his brother still works the family farm. But for Jim, like the national bard, that relationship with the land and the livestock reared on it proved an inspiration for his poetry.
His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, was published to great acclaim in 2004 since when he has written five more.
Black Cart is his newest work, and lively testament to the maturity of a man now rejoicing in the title Glasgow Makar, as well as being writer in residence at the Royal Highland Show. His work has won many awards and one collection was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney prize.
His perceptive and often witty poetry has been lauded at festivals in many countries where he is a compelling reader of his own work. He also collaborates with artists and sculptors including the Kelpies project with Andy Scott.
Black Cart will resonate with all rural dwellers as will his engaging personality. He’s appearing at the Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival at 12 noon on Saturday 25th. Book here for Jim Carruth and other speakers in Saturday's programme.