James is a writer. He has written two novels, The Wrong Story and Happy Family, and published a number of prize-winning short stories, a travelogue of his journey through Central America and a monthly column for The Gudgeon. His short story Connor and His Amazing Ejector Boots was nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize, and Kumi’s Cake was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize International Short Story Competition.
He is a specialist in GDS-compliant public sector websites and was commissioned to design the written content for the Borough of Broxbourne Council, Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council and the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) websites. James also develops and delivers workshops for fiction writers and is a regular speaker at writers’ events.
James has an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and spent his placement as a submissions reader for Felicity Bryan Associates literary agency. He is a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society. He is a presenter on Frome FM’s On-Air Book Group and is one of the three founder members of the Cherwell and Avon Book Group.
He is a contributor to Carers UK‘s creative writing campaigns and was an ambassador and volunteer for Shooting Star, a children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
Photograph by Mike Ellis of Thameside Media.