Paisley Book Festival: Far Field by Jim Carruth


We are delighted to be partnering with Paisley Book Festival to launch the third and final book in Jim Carruth’s The Auchensale Trilogy. This series of poetry cycles captures the changing rural landscape of the West of Scotland.

  • 19th February at 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Paisley Central Library
  • Tickets – Pay What You Can



About Far Field:

Following on from its predecessors Black Cart and Bale Fire, the book consists of three cycles bound together by footers. A number of poems in the early part of the book are in response to paintings by the Glasgow Boys particularly those painted during their time spent in agricultural communities. Many of the poems are highly personal with a number about family members. These include a series of elegies for his late father. It also focusses on the present day looking to the challenges ahead for the family farm and that passing baton to the next generation.

About Jim Carruth:

Jim Carruth has published two collections and nine chapbooks, starting with Bovine Pastoral (2004). In 2009 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. He won the 2013 McLellan Poetry Prize and, in 2014, the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Killochries, originally published in 2015, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize and the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for first collection. His follow up, Black Cart, came out in 2017. Jim is the current poet laureate of Glasgow.


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Sunday 19 Feb 2023
Paisley Central Library, Paisley. United Kingdom