Malcolm Carson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. Aged 16 he moved to Belfast with his family, attending Campbell College, before returning to Lincolnshire. He was articled to a firm of agricultural auctioneers in Louth, and was then a farm labourer. He studied English at Nottingham University, and then taught in colleges and universities. He now lives in Carlisle, Cumbria.
He has published four full collections: Breccia in 2006, Rangi Changi and other poems in 2011, Route Choice in 2016 and The Where And When in 2019, as well as a pamphlet, Cleethorpes Comes to Paris in 2014. All are from Shoestring Press.
His poems have been translated into Romanian as part of the poetry pRO Translation Café project.