He has written two novels (The Wrong Story and An Other’s Look published by Unbound Books), and his third (Fizz) is currently being edited. He has had published a number of prize-winning short stories and flash fiction, a travelogue of his journey through Central America and a monthly column for The Gudgeon magazine.
James runs his own editorial company that provides written content design, writing guidelines and tone-of-voice principles for local and central government organisations. He also designs and delivers tutor-led workshops for writers, provides a manuscript assessment service and is a regular speaker at writers’ events.
He is an occasional presenter on the Frome FM‘s On-Air Book Group, a volunteer for a Wiltshire-based preservation trust, a 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 and the International Flann O’Brien Society. He earned a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from University of Oxford in 2014, graduating with distinction, 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 playing his tenor ukulele and practicing guitar.