He divides his time into:
- writing fiction and articles – James has written two novels (The Wrong Story and An Other’s Look), and his third (Fizz) is currently being edited. He has written a number of prize-winning short stories, a travelogue of his journey through Central America for Which? magazine and a monthly column for The Gudgeon magazine. Under the pen name, Oliver Billingsgate, James wrote the children’s story, Mr Frogg Goes To Work.
- commercial writing and editing – James runs his own editorial company providing manuscript assessments for writers, and commercial content and copy for private and public sector organisations.
- workshops and speaking events – James designs and delivers tutor-led workshops for writers and is a regular speaker at literary events.
- charity work – James is an occasional presenter on the Frome FM community radio station. He is the volunteer coordinator for a Wiltshire-based preservation trust, a regular contributor to Carers UK‘s creative writing campaigns and was an ambassador and volunteer for Shooting Star Chase, a children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
James is a member of the Society of Authors, English PEN, United Authors ALCS/PLR and the International Flann O’Brien Society. He has a Master’s degree in creative writing from Oxford University and spent his placement reading submissions at Felicity Bryan Associates literary agency. He is one of the three founder members of the Cherwell & Avon Book Group and when he’s not writing or reading he brightens up his neighbours’ day by practicing his tenor ukulele.