James attended the University of Southampton where he undertook a BA (Hons) in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. He consolidated his studies with a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing, also at Southampton, where he has since taught on various modules, including the Lifelong Learning programme. For the past six years, James has led workshops and held community-based residencies within the local area, hoping to foster a love for reading and writing.
Following a year as Writer in Residence, he is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Arts University Bournemouth. This role involves working across many of the institution’s courses to bring writing within students’ communities of practice, whilst also designing and developing a new BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree to start in September 2017.
His novel, Reading Through Binoculars, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2016.
James teaches across many courses, bringing creative writing techniques to students who are engaging with narrative and story-telling, particularly those from Illustration, Film Production, Animation Production, and Acting. He delivers bespoke lectures and writing workshops, offers 1:1 feedback on scripts/stories, and is involved with interdisciplinary projects.
- National Association of Writers in Education - Professional Member (2014–Present)
I have presented and published on areas surrounding Creative Writing pedagogy, particularly in exploring how creative writing can be implemented across disciplines; self-reflexivity as a writer and creative practitioner; and creative learning and teaching methods in the field. I have undertaken research in narratology, intertextuality, and the relationship between national identities and literature, the main focus of my PhD.
I have a wider research interest, and delivered international conference papers, in Children’s and Young Adult literature, post-apocalyptic and dystopian futures, and climate change. This research has informed my own practice and writing.