James is a freelance writer.
He 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.
James also designs content for public sector and not-for-profit organisations. At the moment he is working on online operational guidance manuals for the Scottish Social Security Directorate. Past projects include designing the website content, onlne forms and automated notifications for Be.Broxbourne leisure centres, the Borough of Broxbourne Council and the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS).
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 from the University of Oxford, 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.
Photograph by Mike Ellis of Thameside Media.