James is a full-time writer. He divides his time between creative writing projects and designing content for public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
He has published two novels, The Wrong Story and Happy Family, a book for children, a travelogue of his journey through Central America, a monthly column for The Gudgeon and many short stories. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport prize, and won the Real Writer prize. He was part of the BBC’s Writer’s Room and is on their list of promising writers. His third novel is in final edits.
Outside of work, James is a submissions reader for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize and he is on the committee of the Needlewriters writers’ collective. He is a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society (IFOBS).
James has a Master’s in creative and critical writing from the University of Oxford and is one of the three founder members of the Cherwell and Avon Book Group. In the past he was a submissions reader for Felicity Bryan Associates literary agency, a regular presenter of book reviews for Frome FM’s On-Air Book Group, a contributor to Carers UK‘s creative writing campaigns and an ambassador 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.