James is a full-time writer. He divides his time between working on his own creative projects and providing informational content for local and central government.
He has written two novels, The Wrong Story and Happy Family, and published 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 2020 Pushcart Prize, and Kumi’s Cake was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize International Short Story Competition. You can read Kumi’s Cake on Fairlight Books short story portal here. He is currently editing his third novel.
James also develops and delivers workshops for fiction writers and is a regular speaker at writers’ events. His paper, Muriel Spark and Flann O’Brien: Parallel Explorations of the Boundaries between Fiction and Real-life was presented at the IFOBS conference in Prague.
His most recent commercial work includes designing and producing the written content for Be.Broxbourne, the Borough of Broxbourne Council, Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council and UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS).
He is a committee member of Needlewriters, the Sussex-based writing cooperative, a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society, and is one of the three founder members of the Cherwell and Avon Book Group. In the past, he presented book reviews for Frome FM’s On-Air Book Group, contributed 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.
James 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.
He lives near Brighton and has four children and a grandchild. 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.