JIM BENNETT
"THE BEST PERFORMANCE POET IN LIVERPOOL"- Liverpool Daily Post
"His poetry is a monument to life and our existence as individua ls...a poet of great individuality and quality." Ted Slade
   










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
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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


dadafest awards

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.


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.


 

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 74 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)

Poetry Super Highway Poet of the Year.

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

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 2019 he has had a total of 14 nominations)
For many years Jim ran courses in Creative Writing for the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University College and the Workers Education Association.


He represented Liverpool at many events both in Liverpool and around Britain and has
opened 'The National Year for Disability in Sport' for the BBC.  His artwork based on poetry and drawings was displayed in the University of Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Art Biennial.  He performed at events for both Liverpool and Everton FC including the launch of 'Remember the Kop' and 'Everton Eighties' and for Merseyside Museums to tremendous acclaim.  His poem "Liverpool Is" was selected to be put on permanent display at Liverpool FC Museum. after being used as the poem representing Liverpool for the year when Liverpool was European Capital of Culture.

 

Jim became the sole Managing Editor of Poetry Kit (poetrykit.org) the extensive on-line poetry resource website on the death of his friend Ted Slade. 

He read his poetry for the Royal party as part of the Royal visit of HRH The Prince Edward to NWDAF Headquarters, Liverpool.
 

READING FOR A ROYAL VISIT

 

Susan Hedges - Jim Bennett - HRH Prince Edward

(photo Leila Romaya)

 

Jim was appointed Birkenhead's Poet in Residence to help create a Poem for Birkenhead for channel five arts cities. 

 



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

Jim was 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.

 

Jim was voted Poet of the Year in 2006 and 2018 by the readers of Western Literary Magazine, NY.  Jim won the award at  European Champions Slam, in Brussels.he was also 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.2018

 

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

 

Two of Jim's poems have been  selected to feature in a  campaign supporting wetlands habitat in California.   For a number of years Jim supported Adoption Matters North West and judged their poetry competitions.  He also won the Chipping Sodbury Poetry Competition. for two years in succession.

 

 

 

JIM BENNETT (LEFT) MEETING HRH THE PRINCE EDWARD IN NOV 2004 AFTER

GIVING A POETRY READING FOR THE PRINCE

(photo Leila Romaya)

 

 

 

Reading for Adoption Matters North West

event at Gorton Abbey.Jan 2011

JIM BENNETT POETRY BOOKS ON KINDLE

In 2018 Jim Bennett’s many booklets and pamphlets of poetry some of which have been unavailable for many years are being reissued by Kindle editions.  Included will be some new titles. The first two are the 2015 booklet RADIO DAYS, and the New edition of MAKING A SHOW OF MYSELF 2018



Wrote 1st poem about 8 years of age.

Performed in public at poetry reading   14 years of age

1st published poem 1969