James Woolf
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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
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James' short stories
James' stories have been published in AmbitSpread the Word/ Kingston University Press, Village Square Journal, Disclaimer, Cabinet of Heed, and Cafe Aphra. His most recently published stories appeared in Ambit in July 2018 and in Riggwelter in August 2018. 

James was shortlisted for the Exeter Short Story Prize in 2017, the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2016, placed second in the Greenacre/Finchley Literary Festival short story competition 2016, and highly commended in the London Short Story Prize 2015. 


 

Riggwelter Magazine
This Morning Paul McVeigh Like Two of my Tweets   (published by Riggwelter, August 2018)
Ambit Magazine
One Slightly Crazy Night on East 52nd Street (published by Ambit,  July 2018)
Disclaimer Magazine
Links to stories
Infidels (published by Disclaimer magazine, May 2018)
Many of James' stories can be read on line or purchased
The Village Square
T he Crossroads at Jijiga (published by Village Square Journal, April 2018)
Cabinet of Heed
Alvin's Dancehall - looking bac k  (published Cabinet of Heed, March 2018)
Cabinet of Heed
​​ Infidels (published by Disclaimer magazine, May 2018)
Disclaimer Magazine
Love's Executioner Revisited  (published Disclaimer, January 2018)
Ambit
​​ Good Morning, Azar   (published Ambit, July 2017)
Cafe Aprha
A Suitable Candidate (published Cafe Aphra, April 2017)
Ambit
Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche   (published Ambit, Jan 2017)
Cafe Aphra
Waiting for Dylan Thomas  (published Cafe Aphra, July 2016)
Spread the Word
R V Sieger – additional documents disclosed by the Crown
Prosecution Service 
(highly commended in London Short Story prize 2015)

Judges' comments on R v Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service,  highly commended in the London Short Story Prize
John McGregor

Jon McGregor

"It's always a treat to come across a story where the form has been led by the content, and this story - consisting of emails, letters, telephone transcripts and other documents - has utilised the device very successfully. I particularly liked the moments of indirect and partial revelation, and the increasingly rich pictures of the supporting
characters which built up as the story progressed. An excellent use of
technique."

Kevin Barry

"At first glance, this is a story that suggests tricksiness, with its
scattershot collection of documents, reports, lists, texts, mails. But very quickly we become aware that we’re in the hands of a real storyteller, and the narrative is expertly shaded in and teased through. I thought this story was genuinely funny – in a way that induced large, stomachheaving 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. I thought the timing, especially, was fabulous."
Kevin Barry
Elise Dilsworth and others

Elise Dilsworth

"An original, fresh and deftly handled story where the intrigue intensifies as details are subtly revealed to the reader. The writing shows a great confidence of style and, along with an acute eye for witty observation, made for a very satisfying read."