Jim Carruth was born in 1963 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. His first chapbook collection was published in 2004. Since then he has brought out a further five chapbooks and an illustrated fable. He has won both the James McCash poetry competition and McLellan poetry prize and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the poets showcased in Oxford Poets 2010. In 2014 He was appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow. Killochries, Jim’s first full collection, published by Freight Books in 2015, was shortlisted for a number of national awards. His second collection, Black Cart, will be published by Freight Books in Spring 2017.