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  1. 1. index Page 1 of 4 STARWOOD PRESS PRESENT JIM BENNETT "THE BEST PERFORMANCE POET IN LIVERPOOL"- Liverpool Daily Post JIM BENNETT Jim was born and still lives near Liverpool in England. He grew up in Liverpool during the years of the Liverpool Sound and the Liverpool Poets and it is from this tradition that he developed his own unique style and voice. He is the author of 64 books including books of poetry, books for children, and technical training manuals. In addition his CD "Down in Liverpool" a selection of poetry and music has brought Jim to the notice of a much wider audience. In a career spanning 35 years Jim has won many accolades for his performances and writing. Including; Silver Stake for Performance Poetry (Manchester Slam 2001) LARKHILL Fante Prize for Literature (New Mexico 2000) by Jim Bennett Poetry Super Highway Poet of the Year 2000. "...a writer who observes closely, and translates what he sees and Sefton Literary Competition prize winner. feels into responses that engage, amuse and extend our perceptions. Pithy, wry, witty and wise, this is poetry San Francisco Beat Poetry Festival that embraces our world in all its Competition, 1st prize and Judges Choice - paradoxical potential " October 2002. - Martyn Halsall, Poetry Editor, Third Way "A stunning collection" - Western His poetry has been widely published in Poetry Magazine magazines and anthologies and he regularly "This is a collection which shows all his strengths. Perhaps performs at poetry events and festivals in the the greatest of which is his ability to see the unique and wonderful in the mundane and ordinary." - Thomas Graham- UK and USA and he has been twice nominated Land editor Alsatia Review for a Pushcart Award for his published work in the USA. Click Here to Buy Jim runs courses in Creative Writing for the THE MAN WHO TRIED TO University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University HUG CLOUDS College and the Workers Education by Jim Bennett Association. "a stunning achievement..." citn "..true to his vision and honest and direct in the way he presents it" John Couth In September 2002 Jim was selected to "a glorious reappraisal of a poet at the represent Liverpool at the Bristol City of height of his powers" mam WINNER - POETRY HOUSE 2000 Culture Slam. POETRY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR 2004 October 2003 opened 'The National Year for The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds Disability in Sport' for the BBC 8/4/2010
  2. 2. index Page 2 of 4 DaDaFest Awards 2003 - see block on left. DOWN IN LIVERPOOL Jim forced to cut back on teaching and CD of Poetry and songs by Jim Bennett personal appearances after a series of vehicle Jim Bennett read some of his best collisions left him unable to travel. work on this fine studio album from Long Neck Media. With a selection of songs and poetry covering thirty years 2004 of an amazing creative output. This is the definitive Jim Bennett collection. " authentic voice bringing the In January 2004 Jim became the Managing sound of beat to Liverpool" -Trax. Editor of Poetry Kit ( the extensive on-line poetry resource website. The original is no longer available but you can obtain a copy from Poetry Kit write to July 2004 - Performs at two book launch for details events 'Remember the Kop' and 'Everton Eighties' for Merseyside Museums to tremendous acclaim. His poem "Liverpool Is" ONLINE CHAPBOOKS BY selected to be put on permanent display at JIM BENNETT Liverpool FC Museum. THE GREEN MAN OF BIDSTON MOSS (2004) In November 2004 Jim Bennett was asked to ELVIS IN LIVERPOOL (2004) read his poetry for the Royal visit of HRH The MADE IN LIVERPOOL (2006) Prince Edward to NWDAF Headquarters, Liverpool. NEVER A CROSSWORD (2007) READING FOR A ROYAL VISIT - Nov 2004 OTHER THAN (2007) 56; A LIFE IN PIECES (2008) A TRIP DOWN JIMGLING LANE (2009) MUSEUM OF FOUND THINGS (2010) DADAFEST AWARDS 2003 Susan Hedges - Jim Bennett - HRH Prince Edward (photo Leila Romaya) In December 2004 Jim won the DaDaFest Individual Performer Award for the second year in succession. 2005 - An interview with Jim and a poem appeared in the UK national Newspaper, The At the first DaDaFest Awards Ceremony Independent, in April 2005. 8/4/2010
  3. 3. index Page 3 of 4 in December 2003 Jim won two prestigious awards. The first as Best In the same month Jim gave a series of open Established Artist and the second as Best air readings culminating with a reading in Hope Individual Performer. Street, Liverpool in memory of the victims of Hillsborough. All contents copyright Jim Bennett 2002-2010 September 2005 - A poem for Birkenhead, Jim appointed Birkenhead's Poet in Residence to help create a Poem for Birkenhead. Sponsor five arts cities working with WEA. DADAFEST AWARDS 2004 October 2005 - Jim Bennett and Paul O'Grady - Launch of A Poem for Birkenhead December 2004 Jim wins the prestigious award as Best Individual Performer at the September 2005 - Jim honoured with the post Dadafest awards 2004. of Poet in residence for Liverpool's Historic Waterfront and as visiting poet for New York's (US) Waterfront. A two year project to explore the bonds between the two cities. RADIO 2 - AUGUST 2005 December 2005 - Two of Jim's poems nominated for US top poetry Pushcart Awards. January 2006 - Jim voted Poet of the Year 2005 by the readers of Western Literary Magazine, NY December 2006 - Jim Receives two further nominations for US top poetry Pushcart Awards. March 2007 - Jim wins award at European Champions Slam, in Brussels. October 2009 - Jim Reads at PK Poets meeting in Liverpool. An interview and phone in - questions about poetry and written and spoken language. November 2009 - Jim enters poetry competitions for the first time in ten years and 8/4/2010
  4. 4. index Page 4 of 4 wins Bidiford Poetry Competition, and 360 Poetry Competition (New York) December 2009 - Jim's new collection of Poetry "LARKHILL" published by Searle Publishing. Jim appears as a guest at Bank America in an event for National Adoption Week. February 2010 - "LARKHILL" nominated for the Ted Hughes Poetry Award March 2010 - Jim is Featured Poet at Poetry Superhighway. POETRY KIT WEBRING Home/Join | List | Next | Previous | Random 8/4/2010