Jim C. Wilson is a poet. Since 1983 his work has been published widely in anthologies, magazines, journals and newspapers, and is included in A Book of Scottish Verse (Hale, 2001), The Edinburgh Book of 20th-century Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) and 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath, 2006). His collections include The Loutra Hotel (Making Waves, 1988), Cellos in Hell (Chapman, 1993), Paper Run (Mariscat, 2007), Will I Ever Get to Minsk? (HappenStance, 2012) and Come Close and Listen (Greenwich Exchange, 2014). Jim C. Wilson has run his popular poetry workshops, Poetry in Practice, at Edinburgh University since 1994, and he has also tutored various writers’ groups. He is an honorary member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets.
Before beginning to write, Jim C. Wilson worked in insurance, completed an MA (Hons) in English at Edinburgh University and taught for nine years in further education. Although he now concentrates on poetry, he has published numerous short stories and articles and two prose books: The Happy Land (Ramsay Head, 1991) and the autobiographical Spalebone Days (Kettillonia, 2002). He was writer-in-residence for Stirling District from 1989 to 1991.
He enjoys doing poetry readings and among the many places he has read are the Scottish Poetry Library, the Scottish Parliament and the St Andrews Poetry Festival. Since 1998 he has lived with his wife Mik in the East Lothian coastal village of Gullane, where he gardens, walks, or listens to music while waiting for inspiration.