Frank Wilson

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

Right now I am half way through the third ‘Nowt’ draft which will be eleven or twelve stories. Nowt 3 – which may get titled ‘Nowt At All Like Home’ – is all wrapped around my overseas working life and most definitely including those years when we as a couple and then as a family lived in East and Central Africa and the South Pacific.  There are special places and characterful people and opportunities to develop some gentle amusement here and there. Much of it will be partly true.  Writing this at the very beginning of the new web site in early 2017, I am trying to pull together the last threads of what will probably be the first chapter – ‘The First Big Adventure’ – all about this very young couple leaving home and travelling by sea to the port of Mombasa in Kenya.  A few already drafted include chapters on travelling to Samoa, consulting in Northern Nigeria, family travels and work in India and working for Barclays Bank in Zambia. Kenya deserves another chapter as does Samoa. Then chapters on the Solomon Islands, Romania, Albania and South Africa.  I have much of what I need and simply need to pump out some drafts!

BOOK COLLABORATION WITH RUSSELL HAGUE

Russell contributed two photographs to Apple Man and that got me thinking about collaborating with him using my poems and his superb South Yorkshire and Peak District photographs.   Progress is being made on ideas for a joint venture published in the UK and we already have quite a lot of the material. Russell is all in favour and we were able to move this along when I was in the UK in Sept/Oct 2017.

POEMS

No plans for a further collection for quite some time but two or three new ones needed for the Russell Hague collaboration – and then there are the ones out of nowhere that demand to be written and polished.

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

CRUMSBY'S (Maria Elwood)
Tea and super cupcakes and so much more Estevan Village - 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

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.