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 44 years Jim has won many accolades for his performances and writing. His poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and he regularly performs at poetry events and festivals in the UK and USA.
Jim’s career as a performance poet has earned him many awards amongst which are three DADAFest awards, and a Silver Stake from the Manchester Slam. He has also won awards for his poetry including the 2006 Frost Award, and the Fante Award in 2002. In 2005 his book The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds was voted Best Poetry Book in English at the Berlin Book Festival. He has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Award and has twice won the performance award the San Francisco Beat Festival and was Poetry Superhighway Favourite Poet of the Year 2000.
He is also, as of 2004, the Managing Editor of Poetry Kit, the extensive on-line poetry resource website.