Vale: Jim Spain aka Rimeriter

Jim Spain

Jim at HomeWORD 05 (Parra Town Hall)

Jim Spain was one of the founders of NEW Writers’ Group which first met in a café, a pizza joint and a guitar factory ten years ago. Jim had a great love of his nation with a special attraction to the bush. Like all good modern bush poets Jim drew on his own travels outback as well as tradition. He published a small charming volume of his verse (illustrated) and his work appeared in print in various places including NWG Inc anthologies and ZineWest. His work was also published on country radio stations and Jim was a great reader/performer of his original writing.

Many members of NWG Inc will remember Jim as one of the “old hands” who made them welcome. He was smart enough to keep off the committee but no-one helped the committee more than Jim. We think particularly of his support of Jacqui Douglas and Paul Azize in the close-knit group who used to meet at Merrylands Library.

As NWG Inc’s amateur webmaster I found Jim my greatest supporter. He noticed when there was something new, when the site worked better a compliment would be paid. I had a lot of fun helping him set up his blog – he was one of the first NWG Inc writers to do so – and he soon got the hang of it and posted regularly.

Others will have much more to say I’m sure, but my chief memory of Jim is that he was enthusiastic about his own work and simultaneously encouraging and supportive of other writers – a loveable combination. We will miss his poetry, and we’ll miss his good cheer, very much. (Sue Crawford VP NWG Inc)


1 thought on “Vale: Jim Spain aka Rimeriter

  1. Just a lovely man – a gentleman, with a sparkle in his eye. Always cheerful at our gatherings, helpful, interested, encouraging. I’m so pleased he was present at the NWG 10th Anniversary gathering, but aware of the effort it took him to get there. You are sadly missed my friend. XX

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