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Bale Fire / Black Cart : Poetry with Jim Carruth

Tuesday, Sep 17 2019
19:30 - 20:30
Jim Carruth
location: Bookshop

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Jim Carruth is Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, a mighty voice in the Scottish poetry scene, and a unique writer for whom we are honoured to launch of a new collection: Bale Fire.

Bale Fire is a book in three cycles. The first explores the darker side of communities in decline. The middle is a transposition of elements and characters of the Odyssey to a Scottish hill farm and its neighbours. The final part looks at the idea of harvest and loss.

Bale Fire is publisher alongside a reissue of the first of the cycle’s books - Black Cart. Almost eighteen years in the making, this collection is a love poem to a rural community in Scotland. The freshness of its language brings the daily grind, its joys and harsh realities, to vivid life; its final elegies form a moving testament to a lost generation of family, friends, farmers and farms.

Jim Carruth offers here both a celebration and an elegy. The poems in this collection address the themes of our time: war, friendship, honesty, violence, humanity and love.


Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. His first chapbook collection Bovine Pastoral 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 the McLellan Poetry Prize and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009. He was chosen as one of the poets showcased in Oxford Poets 2010. In 2014 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow.


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