About James

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James has published two novels, The Wrong Story and Happy Family, a travelogue of his journey through Central America, a children’s story, a monthly column for The Gudgeon and many short stories. He is a Fairlight featured author and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport prize, and won the Real Writer prize. His third novel is in final edits.

Check out all of James’s published work.

Workshops and courses

James is enthusiastic about helping new writers to find their voice and existing authors to develop their writing. Under the banner, Creative Writing Inspirations, James designs and delivers fiction writing courses and workshops, including Getting started, Keeping going, Putting it out there, Editors and editing and Crowdfunding: a new paradigm in publishing. His most recent workshop was held in association with the wonderful Wilderness Wood.

Contact James for more information about his Creative Writing Inspirations workshops and courses.

Content design

James also designs content for public sector and not-for-profit organisations. At the moment he is working on online guidance and notifications for the Scottish Social Security Directorate. Past projects include designing the content for Be.Broxbourne leisure centres, the Borough of Broxbourne Council and the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS).

Read more about James’s content design work.


James is a submissions reader for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize, is on the Needlewriters writers’ collective committee, and is a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society (IFOBS). He has a Master’s in creative and critical writing, is part of the Unruly Writers’ group and is one of the three founder members of the Cherwell and Avon Book Group.

He was a contributor to the BBC’s Writer’s Room, 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. 


James lives near Brighton but you can also find him at UnboundAmazonGoodreadsFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Photograph by Mike Ellis of Thameside Media.

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