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.