Michael Carson was born in post-war Wallasey and was brought up as a devout Catholic. He is well known for his Benson trilogy of novels about a young man growing up Catholic and gay in the 20th Century.
He spent twenty years teaching English as a Foreign Language primarily in the Arab world. He has lectured in writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool and the University of Lancaster. He mentors for Crossing Borders, a project to encourage African writers. Michael Carson won the Writers Inc prize in 2006 for his story All over the Place.
His best known novel is Sucking Sherbet Lemons.