JIM CARRUTH was born in 1963 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. He has had six well-received pamphlet collections of poetry since his first, Bovine Pastoral in 2004. He has won both the James McCash poetry competition and McLellan poetry prize and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009. He has been involved in many poetry projects, including editing an anthology for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and having his words etched in stone as part of Andy Scott’s Kelpies sculpture. He was appointed Glasgow Poet Laureate in July 2014 in succession to Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan. He will be making his first full appearance in the role as he launches his new collection Prodigal (Mariscat, 2014). ‘Hand’ and ‘Sins of the Father’ feature in this new collection. In many ways it is the award winning poet’s most personal collection to date, with moving elegies for his mother and grandmother. Read more at

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