Photo courtest Anna Dickie
I was born in Edinburgh in 1942, and I now live in Dunbar. I have a scientific background,
and that colours my outlook on the world. I chaired the Board of the
Scottish Poetry Library for four years, and the Board of Trustees of StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival, for six years.
I'm also part of the team behind Dunbar's CoastWord Festival.
While I was at school I took up clarinet and later alto sax, but the music went on the back burner until I bought my tenor sax in 2013. I now play soprano, alto and tenor
saxes, clarinet and bass clarinet.
I've had eight poetry collections and one haibun collection published - see the Publications page for details. My latest poetry book - The Night I Danced With Maya - was published by
Red Squirrel Press on 22nd July 2017, to coincide with my 75th birthday. A poem from it (Our Place) was chosen by the Scottish Poetry Library as one of the best Scottish poems of 2017.
I've also become a short story writer and had my first short story booklet published in 2016 by Postbox Press, the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press.
A full-length short story collection, Word Play, containing twenty stories, was launched on 30th June 2018.
From the back cover:
Colin Will’s new collection of short stories is all about people and the vagaries of human nature: a volcano in Iceland changes a couple’s wedding plans; heavy breathing in a gym
leads to a woman changing her attitudes to herself and others, a husband wonders what his totem animal would be. In these twenty stories the author gently considers some
of the many ways people interact with each other, and how their own personalities change and develop. The stories are written with humour, empathy and compassion.
They arise from the author’s imagination, informed by his experiences and his wide range of interests: he was involved in amateur drama for many years; he has travelled widely;
he has a poet’s sensitivity and facility with language. Above all he sees communication between people as essential to their happiness.
Colin Will is an established writer living in Dunbar, East Lothian. He has had eight books of poetry published, and one collection of haibun. A short story pamphlet (Getting On) was published in 2016.
This is his first full-length short story collection. He is also a musician, playing clarinets and saxophones.
‘Exceptionally wide-ranging in their moods and settings, Colin Will's stories are always deeply felt. He is a writer of genuine sincerity.'
'This is an engaging collection of stories. Colin Will shows both sympathy and amusement for the human condition, as his characters negotiate
the challenges and experience the satisfactions of the situations in which they are placed.'
Opening lines from some of the short stories are presented here.
The Night I Danced With Maya is available from the Red Squirrel Press website and now also from Amazon.
The book cover, and the photo from the night I danced with the actress playing Maya Deren, on the stage of the Byre Theatre, St Andrews.
This wee buik o wee poems has just been published by Poems -For-All in San Diego, CA, for distribution at StAnza 2018. Many thanks to Robert Hansen.
I run The Open Mouse poetry webzine.
Check out the e-books page for Kindle editions.
I'm active on Facebook (Colin Will) and Twitter (@colindwill), and I blog as Sunny Dunny.
Page last updated: September 21, 2018