Frank Wilson

Author - Poet - Singer - Golfer

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FRANK WILSON (THAT’S ME) WAS BORN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR in the Loxley Valley to the west of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. The son of a dairy farmer, I worked as an agricultural economist for a number of years in Kenya and Zambia and later in Samoa in the South Pacific.  From my academic base in the University of Bradford I also carried out a wide range of research, teaching and consultancy assignments in East, West, Central and Southern Africa, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands, Albania and Romania.

Retiring from academic work when I was sixty, I shifted my attention happily to other kinds of written output; first of all as a feature writer and editor of local magazines and then to poetry and short stories.  My first collection of poems ‘BLACKBERRIES’ was privately published in 2008 to raise funds to assist those with Multiple Sclerosis in the UK.  I have won awards for poetry and short stories in both the UK and British Columbia.

My ‘NOWT TO DO WITH ME’ – RURAL STORIES FROM THE NORTH ENGLAND – was published by Peakpublish in the UK in January 2013.  A second short-story volume ‘NOWT TO DO WITH MY WIFE’ was published in 2015. Two collections of poetry have been published in Canada by Tusitala Victoria; ‘CHASING CROWS’ (2013 reprinted 2015) and ‘APPLE MAN’ in 2016. I am also working on a third collection of stories drawing on my international work and travels and have other writing projects in process. Additionally there is always a poem lurking around the corner of my mind.

In 1964 I married the girl I had met during my last few months at grammar school. We now live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where I write, garden, write again, sing with the Arbutus Singers, play golf, enjoy the company of our grand-children, then write again.

WORK IN PROGRESS

There is always work in progress as there is always, or so it seems, a poem either on the edge of my mind trying to get in or one that has already been allowed entry and is now stirring uneasily and asking to be fed.  Then there is the prose; there will always be prose and I suspect that much of it will be creative non-fiction.

NOWT 3

I am now two thirds of the way through the first draft of the third Nowt book. Will be titled Nowt At All Like Home - the travels of a Yorkshire farmer’s son. It is all wrapped around my overseas working and travelling life including those times when as a couple and then as a family we lived in East and Central Africa and the South Pacific.  All partly true and much of it absolutely true. Lots of characters, happenings and faraway places.  Not a memoir in the true sense of that word.  Not meant to be serious and presented much in the style of Nowt to Do with Me and Nowt to Do with My Wife.  As John Steinbeck once said, ‘the setting down of words is only the final process. Only the last of the process waits to be done.’

 

POEMS

I am accumulating poems for a possible third Canadian published collection and will almost certainly look to include photographs from Russell Hague.

CONNECTIONS

ART INK VICTORIA (Scott Wingfield)

Designer and Printer Chasing Crows and Apple Man
High quality design and printing

604 Yates St. Victoria, BC, CANADA

Windsor Cafe
 2540 Windsor Road - Victoria, BC, CANADA

KIWANIS TEA ROOM
Willows Beach - Victoria, BC, CANADA

Old style charm – tea and cakes and a million dollar view

 

BRADFIELD VILLAGE SHOP (Heather Tingle)
Bradfield, Sheffield, UK
Award winning local shop, cafe, post office and accommodation

OUR COW MOLLY HILL TOP

(Ed Andrew)

Dungworth, Sheffield, UK
Award winning ice cream and dairy products.

Langlands Garden Centre Shop and Café

Loxley, Sheffield, UK

Much more than plants.

ARBUTUS SINGERS

ARBUTUS SINGERS
Victoria, BC, CANADA

de'lish

677 ST. PATRICK STREET, VICTORIA, BC CANADA

An intimate encounter with food

ARBUTUS SINGERS

ARBUTUS SINGERS

ARBUTUS SINGERS

FRANK WILSON (THAT’S ME) WAS BORN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR in the Loxley Valley to the west of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. The son of a dairy farmer, I worked as an agricultural economist for a number of years in Kenya and Zambia and later in Samoa in the South Pacific.  From my academic base in the University of Bradford I also carried out a wide range of research, teaching and consultancy assignments in East, West, Central and Southern Africa, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands, Albania and Romania.

Retiring from academic work when I was sixty, I shifted my attention happily to other kinds of written output; first of all as a feature writer and editor of local magazines and then to poetry and short stories.  My first collection of poems ‘BLACKBERRIES’ was privately published in 2008 to raise funds to assist those with Multiple Sclerosis in the UK.  I have won awards for poetry and short stories in both the UK and British Columbia.

My ‘NOWT TO DO WITH ME’ – RURAL STORIES FROM THE NORTH ENGLAND – was published by Peakpublish in the UK in January 2013.  A second short-story volume ‘NOWT TO DO WITH MY WIFE’ was published in 2015. Two collections of poetry have been published in Canada by Tusitala Victoria; ‘CHASING CROWS’ (2013 reprinted 2015) and ‘APPLE MAN’ in 2016. I am also working on a third collection of stories drawing on my international work and travels and have other writing projects in process. Additionally there is always a poem lurking around the corner of my mind.

In 1964 I married the girl I had met during my last few months at grammar school. We now live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where I write, garden, write again, sing with the Arbutus Singers, play golf, enjoy the company of our grand-children, then write again.

ARBUTUS SINGERS