British poet known for such collections as Devotions, The Falls, and The Mystery of Things. Also an academic, he taught at the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.
He was born in Yorkshire, England and later attended King's College, Cambridge. He published his debut literary work, The Dwelling-Place, in 1977.
His poems contain religious content of an open-minded and inclusive, rather than dogmatic sort.
His older brother, the writer/photographer Val Wilmer, was born in 1941.
He became director in 2004 of The Guild of Saint George, a charity founded by Victorian author John Ruskin.