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"I thought this story was genuinely funny – in a way that induced large, stomach-heaving honks of laughter – but beneath the humour there was a freight of real sadness, or even darkness, and it was this that elevated the work above its own constraints."
KEVIN BARRY on R V Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service

About James

James is a fiction writer living in London working on his second novel. In May 2018, he finished editing his first, Three Steps Behind, a psychological thriller which was recently longlisted in the Novel category of the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize.

He has had around a dozen short stories published and has been listed in many competitions. He also writes plays.

James lives with his partner and two daughters.



Longlisting: Oct 2018
One of James' short stories has made the longlist in the End of our World  competition run by Aftermath Magazine. The longlist has been selected from over 1,400 entries.

The Scorched Valley Project was written specifically for the competition.

Solstice longlist: Oct 2018
A new piece of flash fiction by James has been longlisted in the Solstice Shorts Festival 2018 run by Arachne Press.
New story reading: Sep 2018
James read the opening of his latest short story Descent into Limbo in the courtyard session at the Small Wonder Festival organised by the Charleston Trust.

The Small Wonder Festival is an annual celebration of the short story held at Charleston House.

Longlisting: Aug 2018
James' psychological thriller Three Steps Behind has been longlisted for the Novel category of the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize. There are 19 titles on the long list and the results will be announced in September.

The competition attracted 458 entries from around the world and is being judged by  Annie Barrows, (The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society).

James finished editingThree Steps Behind earlier this year.

Results now available here .

Riggwelter: Aug 2018
This Morning Paul McVeigh Liked two of My Tweets is now available in Riggwelter #12 .

Previously Paul McVeigh liked two of James' Tweets about This Morning Paul McVeigh Liked two of my Tweets being accepted for publication.

Naturally, James Tweeted this news...
Ambit: July 2018
James story One Slightly Crazy Night on East 52nd Street is now available in Ambit 233 . James read the story  ​at the busy launch at Tate Modern on 17 July.

Previously, Ambit have published Good Morning Azar and Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche .
Infidels: May 2018
James' most recent short story, Infidels,  completed in April, has been published by Disclaimer Magazine. Infidels features a man who becomes isolated from his family because of his love of Bob Dylan; the story is definitely not autobiographical.

James' story  Love's Executioner Revisited   was published by Disclaimer earlier this year.​

Village Square: April 2018
The Village Square, an African magazine promoting all forms of visual arts and photography and contemporary literature has published James' Bridport shortlisted story The Crossroads at Jijiga.

The Village Square said: "We are so delighted to be publishing this amazing, far-reaching work".

The story can be read here.
Empty in Angel: April 2018
James will be workshopping his new play later this month. Empty in Angel explores the increasingly relevant topic of the gig economy through a story about cycle couriers and a key industrial tribunal. 

The workshop team includes actor Loren O'Dair, producer Nick Denys, actor and Script Readers founder Shenagh Govan.
Alvin's Dancehall - looking back: March 2018
James' story Alvin's Dancehall - looking back appears in Issue 6 of Cabinet of Heed. You can read the story here .

In Extremis: Feb 2018
James' comic story In Extremis has been published in Cabinet of Heed and can be read here . It is an unfortunate tale of woe for public affairs adviser Woodrow.
Disclaimer: Jan 2018
James' short story Love's Executioner Revisited has been published in the weekend fiction secton of Disclaimer magazine. Disclaimer approached James after reading his stories in Ambit magazine.

You can read Love's Executioner Revisited  here .
In Denial: Jan 2018
The rehearsed reading of In Denial on 8 January 2018 received an incredible response from the audience. 

The full feedback for this rehearsed reading can be read here.

More information about the play is available here.
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