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STARWOOD PRESS PRESENT
"THE BEST PERFORMANCE POET IN LIVERPOOL"- Liverpool Daily Post
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
In a career spanning 35 years Jim has won
many accolades for his performances and
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
"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
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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
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
POETRY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR
October 2003 opened 'The National Year for
The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds Disability in Sport' for the BBC
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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.
"...an authentic voice bringing the In January 2004 Jim became the Managing
sound of beat to Liverpool" -Trax. Editor of Poetry Kit (poetrykit.org) 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
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
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.
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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
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
December 2006 - Jim Receives two further
nominations for US top poetry Pushcart
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
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wins Bidiford Poetry Competition, and 360
Poetry Competition (New York)
December 2009 - Jim's new collection of
Poetry "LARKHILL" published by Searle
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
POETRY KIT WEBRING
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