Jim is a former Primary Schoolteacher, Police Officer in N.Z. where he was born and where he also
commenced a career as TV Journalist before moving to Melbourne.
In Australia Jim worked as a News and current affairs journalist for Channels Nine and Ten
where he won awards for his reports on the Chamberlain Trial, the Ash Wednesday Fires.
He covered overseas events including the fall of the Marcos Regime
and the trial of Australian Priest Brian Gore in the Philippines.
In 1991 he joined the groundbreaking lifestyle program “Healthy Wealthy and Wise” as a presenter of travel
and human interest stories.
Around Australia Jim filed stories on more than 270 destinations and characters, and more than 50 overseas including N.Z,
Northern Ireland, USA (Los Angeles, & New Orleans) South Africa.
Jim is now a freelance Producer of broadcast and corporate TV, videos and DVD’s cameraman, & editor.
In recent years Jim has branched out as a songwriter, and performer of classic Australian Bush Poetry and his own work,
for which he has won several awards both in Tamworth and other competitions around Australia,
including two Bush Laureates Award Golden Gumleaf Award for recorded poetry.
This is the most prestigious poetry award in Australia.
Jim has won the State of Victoria’s Bush Poetry Champion, and has recently returned as a tour guide for a
“Celtic Spirituality tour of Ireland” to examine the roots of our music, culture and the Christian religion
to understand how they all fit into our lives today.
Jim has been invited to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and the Tullamore Irish Festival.
This year for the second time he won the “Golden Gumleaf” award for best recorded poetry in Australia for 2010
in a field which attracted more than 500 entries.
Jim’s entry was his poem ‘The Anzac on the Wall” which is now regarded as an Australian classic.
Another of his latest works is “Black Saturday 2009”-
a powerful poem written from the heart of someone affected by that disaster.
Jim enjoys working with young people and teaching them how rhyming verse is relevant to their generation.
Besides rediscovering the joy of our unique Australian poetry classics from the pen of Banjo Paterson and others,
audiences have enjoyed Jim’s own verse and music. An hour with Jim helps understand the soul of Australia.
Contact 0438 339 459
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