Jim Carruth was born in 1963 in Johnstone and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. After spending a number of years in Turkey he has returned to live in Renfrewshire.
He is an award winning poet and in 2009 won both The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the James McCash Competition.
He has had three chapbook collections of poetry published to date. His first - Bovine Pastoral published in 2004 was runner up in the Callum MacDonald memorial award. The follow up High Auchensale was chosen as one of the Herald books of the year in 2006.
His innovative verse in Cowpit Yowe was showcased in a solo exhibition at The Tramway in the summer of 2008. He has also worked with Barbara Robertson a respected linocut artist on the illustrated fable - Baxter’s old ram sang the blues.