JIM BENNETT
"THE BEST PERFORMANCE POET IN LIVERPOOL"- Liverpool Daily Post

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BOOKS AND CD's BY JIM BENNETT

From Indigo Dreams

 

DOCKLAND

 

A CD of songs from the Dockland project. 

 

 

 

LARKHILL

by Jim Bennett

 "...a writer who observes
closely, and translates what he sees and feels into responses that engage,
amuse and extend our perceptions. Pithy, wry, witty and wise, this is poetry that embraces our world in all its paradoxical potential "

- Martyn Halsall, Poetry Editor, Third Way

"A stunning collection" -  Western Poetry Magazine

"This is a collection which shows all his strengths. Perhaps the greatest of which is his ability to see the unique and wonderful in the mundane and ordinary." - Thomas Graham-Land editor Alsatia Review


 

THE MAN WHO TRIED TO HUG CLOUDS

by Jim Bennett

"a stunning achievement..." citn

"..true to his vision and honest and direct in the way he presents it" John Couth

"a glorious reappraisal of a poet at the height of his powers" mam

WINNER - POETRY HOUSE 2000

POETRY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR 2004

 


 

DOWN IN LIVERPOOL

CD of Poetry and songs by Jim Bennett


Jim Bennett read some of his best work on this fine studio album from Long Neck Media. With a selection of songs and poetry covering thirty years of an amazing creative output. This is the definitive Jim Bennett collection.


"...an authentic voice bringing the sound of beat to Liverpool" -Trax
.

The original is no longer available but you can obtain a copy from Poetry Kit write to info@poetrykit.org  for details

 

 

CHAPBOOKS BY JIM BENNETT

 

THE GREEN MAN OF BIDSTON MOSS (2004)

 
ELVIS IN LIVERPOOL (2004)


MADE IN LIVERPOOL (2006)

 

NEVER A CROSSWORD (2007)


OTHER THAN  (2007)

 

56; A LIFE IN PIECES (2008)

 

A TRIP DOWN JIMGLING LANE (2009)

 

MUSEUM OF FOUND THINGS  (2010)

 

Blanks (2012)

 

 

 

 


DADAFEST AWARDS 2003


At the first DaDaFest Awards Ceremony in December 2003 Jim won two prestigious awards.  The first as Best  Established Artist and the second as Best Individual Performer.


All contents copyright Jim Bennett 2002-2010


DADAFEST AWARDS 2004


December 2004 Jim wins the prestigious award as Best Individual Performer at the Dadafest awards 2004.


 

RADIO 2 - AUGUST 2005

 


An interview and phone in - questions about poetry and written and spoken language.


 

 

Reading for Adoption Matters North West

event at Gorton Abbey.Jan 2011

 

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 71 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 the years since he first performed in 1967 in Liverpool, Jim has won many accolades for his performances and writing. Including;

Manchester Slam Winner

Fante Prize for Literature (New Mexico 2000)

Poetry Super Highway Poet of the Year 2000.

Sefton Literary Competition winner.
San Francisco Beat Poetry Festival Competition, 1st prize and Judges Choice - October 2002.

His poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and he regularly performs at poetry events and festivals in the UK and USA and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Award for his published work in the USA. (as of 2013 he has had a total of seven nominations)
For many years Jim rans courses in Creative Writing for the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University College and the Workers Education Association.
In September 2002 Jim was selected to represent Liverpool at the Bristol City of Culture Slam.
October 2003 opened 'The National Year for Disability in Sport' for the BBC
DaDaFest Awards 2003 - see block on left.

In 2006 Jim's artwork based on poetry and drawings was displayed in the University of Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Art Biennial.

Jim forced to cut back on teaching and personal appearances after a series of vehicle collisions left him unable to travel.

2004
In January 2004 Jim became the Managing Editor of Poetry Kit (poetrykit.org) the extensive on-line poetry resource website.
July 2004 - Performs at two book launch events 'Remember the Kop' and 'Everton Eighties' for Merseyside Museums to tremendous acclaim.  His poem "Liverpool Is"  selected to be put on permanent display at Liverpool FC Museum.
In November 2004 Jim Bennett was asked to read his poetry for the Royal visit of HRH The Prince Edward to NWDAF Headquarters, Liverpool.
 

READING FOR A ROYAL VISIT - Nov 2004

 

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 Independent, in April 2005.
In the same month Jim gave a series of open air readings culminating with a reading in Hope Street, Liverpool in memory of the victims of Hillsborough.
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.


October 2005 - Jim Bennett and Paul O'Grady -
Launch of A Poem for Birkenhead

September 2005 - Jim honoured with the post 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.
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.

 

April 2008 - Runner up in Slam Idol - performance of "Trouble at Tesco's featured as one of the years best in a radio roundup of the year in December.

 

October 2009 - Jim Reads at PK Poets meeting in Liverpool. 

 

Geoff Stevens and Jim Bennett at Fly In The Loaf, PK Reading 2009

 

November 2009  - Jim enters poetry competitions for the first time in ten years and 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.

June 2010 - Two poems selected to feature in a  campaign supporting wetlands habitat.

December 2010 - Jim on the Purple Patch list of most popular small press poets.

 

January 2011 - Judging and reading for Adoption Matters North West competition event at Gorton Abbey.

August 2011 - Jim judging 3 competitions. Two in the UK one in USA.

September 2011 - Reading in Heswall and Liverpool with PK Poets.

October 2011 - Receives notice of a Pushcart Award Nomination.  Reading and MC at the Lowry Centre in Manchester.

 

June 2012 - Jim judges 2 US competitions.

November  2012 - "the cartographer / Heswall" poetry sequences are published by Indego Dreams

November 2012 - Jim judging UK competition.

December 2012 - The Cartographer/Heswall nominated for the Ted Hughes Award

 

April 2013 - Jim Wins Sentinel Poetry Competition.

May 2013 - Jim wins Culpepper's Remedy Chapbook Competition

June 2013 - Readers Award at Reach Poetry Magazine

September 2013 - PK poets readings in Heswall and Liverpool

November 2013 - Receives notice of 2 Pushcart Award Nominations

November 2013 - Shortlisted for the Basil Bunting  Award for Poetry

 

April 2014 - Guest reader at Creative Crewe

May 2014 - 1st and commended  Chipping Sodbury Poetry Competition

JUNE 2014 - Commended in Southport Competition


 

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Wrote 1st poem about 8 years of age.

Performed in public at poetry reading   14 years of age

1st published poem 1969