Jim is a retired teacher from Bradford. He started writing poetry in the early 1990s and has had numerous poems published in various books and magazines. He went on to develop a keen interest in Northern Dialect Poetry and Maritime Poetry, especially the work of Cicely Fox Smith in 1998. Jim is co-editor of the definitive collection of her poetry, published in 2012.
He started reciting his own and other people’s poetry in local folk clubs in the 1990s and singing the occasional song as well. He joined the Shellback Chorus shanty group at the turn of the century and was a regular performer at festivals including 2 international events before the group disbanded in 2010. Since then he has continued with his club appearances both solo and in collaboration with Dave Kidman and David Lindsay, as well as appearing in folk opera and at folk festivals (running Poems and Pints sessions and giving talks on poetry) as well as giving poetry talks to various groups.
He has also appeared on stage in the USA at the prestigious Mystic Sea Port Festival.