Malcolm Carson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. He moved to Belfast with his family before returning to Lincolnshire, becoming an auctioneer and then a farm labourer. He studied English at Nottingham University, and then taught in further education, and at the University of Northumbria in Carlisle where he now lives with his wife and three sons.
His work, which is influenced by his attachment to landscape, whether that of the Wolds and marshes of Lincolnshire, the coast and hills of Antrim or the fells of Cumbria, has been published widely in magazines, and a selection appeared in Take Five 2003 from Shoestring Press.
‘Malcolm Carson’s Breccia is a find… It suggests a kind of modesty yet solidity at the same time… The voice is strong, the language sensuously enacts what is being described… you should be able to tell that this is very much my kind of book. Anyone who likes reading fine poems will think so too.’ – Matt Simpson, Stride Magazine
‘Rangi Changi ticks most boxes for me. Constantly engaging in subject and language… This is another fine collection from Shoestring. Read it.’ – David Ashbee, South
‘Sense of place is strong in Malcolm Carson’s work – Ireland where some of his roots are, flat Lincolnshire from which he moved to hilly Cumbria.’ – Other Poetry
‘Malcolm Carson’s landscapes… are explicitly emotional… he has a wide angle of vision of the land and its inhabitants that is anything but parochial.’ – Poetry Nottingham
Books by Shoestring Press:
Collected Poems by Nikos Karouzos