James is a full-time writer. He divides his time between working on his own creative projects and designing content for public sector and not-for-profit websites.
His recent website work includes designing and writing the content for Be.Broxbourne, the Borough of Broxbourne Council, Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council and UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS).
James is currently editing his third novel, Tippi and Lloyd. His past creative projects include two novels, The Wrong Story and Happy Family, a number of 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 Pushcart Prize, Kumi’s Cake was shortlisted for the Bridport prize, The Therapist was a Carer’s UK prize winner and The Money Launderer’s Box of Rubbish won the Real Writer prize.
He is a submissions reader for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize, a committee member of Needlewriters, a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society. He also develops and delivers workshops for fiction writers and is a regular speaker at writers’ events.
James is one of the three founder members of the Cherwell and Avon Book Group and in the past was a regular presenter of book reviews for Frome FM’s On-Air Book Group, a contributor to Carers UK‘s creative writing campaigns and was an ambassador for Shooting Star, a children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions. He presented his paper, Muriel Spark and Flann O’Brien: Parallel Explorations of the Boundaries between Fiction and Real-life at the IFOBS conference in Prague.
He has an MSt in Creative Writing awarded with distinction from the University of Oxford and spent his placement as a submissions reader for Felicity Bryan Associates literary agency.
James lives near Brighton. He has four children and the age gap between his two youngest children is thirty years which is why he describes himself as a second-bloom parent (with, perhaps, less foliage than before ).
Photograph by Mike Ellis of Thameside Media.