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Jim Hall

​Jim is a poet, educator and producer. He worked as a personal assistant for Nottingham writer and disabled activist Maresa MacKeith, has run multiple year-long residencies in schools with charity organisation First Story and performed everywhere from inside a pop-up shed to the 2012 London Olympics.

About Jim

His published works include Upon Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2015), Boy (2016) and Let’s Get This Party Started (forthcoming 2020).

As programme manager, Jim is excited to devise and deliver programmes that celebrate reading and writing for pleasure.

He enjoys pop-punk, Portsmouth Football Club and letting his cats help when editing poems.

Why I read

" The summer my Dad handed me J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, I left one world for another. Fourteen, painfully shy and unable to explain the world around me, only feel it: books became not exactly a refuge, more a place to process and better articulate what I found difficult to.

Influences: New York poet Frank O’ Hara’s poems are like short films. They never force you to feel a particular way. Andrei Makine writes sweeping, snowy novels that move me to tears. Richard Hugo’s work leaves out nobody: the unemployed mill worker, a forgotten jazz pianist. Arundhati Roy’s The God Of Small Things is less a book, more an experience. I could pinpoint exactly where I was when reading it. Her precision of place and subtle skill in balancing joy with grief left me stunned".

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