Jim was passionate about the creativity of language, what it can do to expand our imaginations and empathies and deepen our most human interactions. He believed that access to cultural wealth and privilege, irrespective of background and income, was a democratic birth right. It was precisely because Jim had transformed himself so much through Higher Education that he was so well placed to recognise and encourage the potential of others, no matter how disadvantaged. He made each one of his students feel unique and special, inspiring them to believe in themselves, to realise their own creative capabilities and never fall victim to the falsehood that culture and ideas were useless luxuries they couldn’t afford.
© Keith Williams