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Jim Potts

JIM POTTS, OBE, was Director of the British Council in Sweden 
(2000-2004). He worked for the British Council for 35 years, from
1969-2004, and served in many different countries in many different 
roles (Cultural Attaché and Director in Prague and Stockholm, 
film-maker and TV producer in Ethiopia and Kenya, Regional Director
in Northern Greece and cultural relations practitioner in Australia, 
where he served for seven years as British Council Director, based in
Sydney). He was Head of East and Central Europe Department when
he worked at Council Headquarters in London. He is the co-editor,
with Judith Black, of the anthology Swedish Reflections, from 
Beowulf to Bergman (Arcadia, London, 2003). He played a leading
role in some ground-breaking cultural relations and public diplomacy
campaigns such as the 1997 “New Images, Australia and Britain into
the 21st Century”, “New Wales in New South Wales”, “Scotland in
Sweden”, “British Design Season”,  “UK Country of Honour and 
British Literature Focus” at the 2004 Gothenburg Book Fair, as well 
as helping to initiate the Literary Links touring exhibition and related 
book (Roslyn Russell, Allen and Unwin, 1997), which celebrated the
literary relationship between Australia and Britain. 

Jim is the author of The Ionian Islands and Epirus, A Cultural
History (Signal Books, Oxford, and OUP, USA, 2010). 

Jim studied English Literature at Oxford University (Wadham College)
and Film-Making at Bristol University. In the course of his career he 
has made educational and documentary films (such as “The Cross, 
Art-Form of Ethiopia", available on YouTube, 

Jim's blog (corfublues.blogspot.com), which covers international
cultural, literary, environmental and political topics, is widely read. 
He has written articles for various publications. Some of his poems 
have been published in Greek, Czech (“16 Poems”, Prague, 1989), 
Romanian and Swedish. He has lectured on Greek poetry and history,
and on English poetry and the visual arts (eg Art and the Dorset 

Recent publications include chapters about Greece in Travel, Tourism
and Identity (ed. Gabriel R. Ricci, 2015), and in The Ionian Islands,
Aspects of their History and Culture (ed. Anthony Hirst and Patrick
Sammon, 2014).

Jim has produced several blues CDs of his own, and assisted the
American producer Christopher King on two recent CDs of 
field-recordings of traditional Epirot Music, issued on the JSP label.

Jim lives in Dorset, England, and is married to the Corfiot novelist 
and short-story writer, Maria Strani-Potts. 

Jim and Maria were two of the three co-editors of the anthology 
Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and 
Photography (Foreword:  HRH The Prince of Wales, Roving Press, 2012).




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