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 WOOLF

James is a writer of short stories, scripts and adverts. He is currently writing a novel - a psychological thriller, Three Steps Behind.

Ambit magazine published Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche in January 2017 and Good Morning, Azar in July 2017. The Crossroads at Jijiga was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2016. R V Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service was highly commended in the 2015 London Short Story Prize and was published in an anthology in April 2016.

In Februay 2017 James completed a new stage play In Denial which is currently being workshopped. Prior to this, James' plays have been produced in various off-West End venues including The King's Head Theatre and the Arcola. Two radio plays have been broadcast including Kerton’s Story with Bill Nighy, Lesley Sharp and Stephen Moore. 

James lives in London with his partner and two daughters.


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In Denial read through
The reading of In Denial at Stratford East Theatre, organised by The Script Readers, was a great success.  A public rehearsed reading is planned. Great performances by Loren O'Dair, Ben Porter, Mark Springer, Brigid Lohrey , Keith Hill and Julia Winwood. Hoping to keep the same cast for the rehearsed reading. Special thanks to Shenagh Govan for organising this.
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The Script Readers to workshop In Denial

The Script Readers , an organisation connecting writers and actors, has chosen to workshop In Denial, James' new play, in September. The cast will include Loren O'Dair who recently read the part of Amelia at a London Writers Showcase event. The play follows the turbulent and at times abusive relationship of Amelia and Toby over the course of 2016 as they consult a compatibility counsellor for a professional view on their prospects together.  
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Reading at Ambit launch, 18 July

James' short story Good Morning, Azar will be appearing in the next issue of Ambit.  The launch date is Tuesday 18 July 2017 at the Sun and 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, London W1F 9NG at 7 pm. James will be reading the first four pages of the story.
The story itself reproduces the collected notes left by a barrister to his cleaner over a four month period. It will also be available for purchase in issue 229 via the Ambit website shortly after 18 July.
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Update on Ambit launch

James read the first four pages of his story Good Morning, Azar at yesterday's launch of Ambit #229 at the Sun and 13 Cantons in Soho last night. The other readers were André Naffis-Sahely from the USA reading from his new book The Promised Land along with poets Lisa Kelly and Will Harris, and short story writer Andrew Hook.  The issue is available for purchase from the Ambit website  
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Psychological thriller set in Yorkshire
James is currently writing a novel set in and around Leeds in the 1970's. It is a psychological thriller with the working title Three Steps Behind.  James is hoping to finish witing the novel towards the end of this year.​​
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Camel makes shortlist
The Crossroads in Jijiga, which was previously shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, made the shortlist of ten in the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2017 . The story is set in Ethiopia and features Yonas (the only camel to appear so far in James'  work).
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In Denial included in showcase
James' brand new play In Denial was featured in a London Writers Showcase event on Sunday 14th May. In Denial follows the turbulent relationship of Amelia and Toby over 2016, including a visit to a compatibility counsellor for a view on their prospects together. The counsellor advises that they are ill-suited to each other, but Amelia and Toby ignore the advice and continue with their wedding nevertheless. The scene was by performed by Loren O'Dair and Daniel Franco and was directed by Siena Bevan. 
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A Suitable Candidate
James had another piece of flash fiction published . Inspired by a somewhat grueseome item of national history,  A Suitable Candidate   is his second piece of Flash Fiction to appear on the Cafe Aphra website.
  
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Pretty Damn Authentic
Pretty Damn Authentic, a 20 minute film writtten by James and directed by his brother Simon, was screened at the Everyman Barnet on Saturday 8th April. The screening was attended by several members of the cast and crew and the film was received very warmly by the audience.
  
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Ambit #227
Ambit #227 was launched on 31 January. James read from Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche. There were also readings from several other writers featured in the issue. The issue can be purchased here . James has also been featured on the Greenacre Writers blog in which he gives more background to writing this story.
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In Denial workshop
 James' new play In Denial had a day's workshop on 15 January 2017. In Denial follows the acrimonious relationship of Amelia and Toby over the course of 2016, as they consult a compatibility counsellor for a professional view on their prospects together. The play is a multi-media four hander. The workshop was directed by Joanna Turner . The actors were Kevin Hand, Craig K Talbot, Hannah Edwards and Loren O'Dair. Loren and Hannah are pictured.
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Ambit magazine to publish Good Morning, Azar​ in 2017
 James' story Good Morning, Azar is the second that he has sold this year to Ambit Magazine. Mr and Mrs Clarke and Blanche will be published in the January 2017 edition, and Good Morning, Azar  will follow in either April or July. Ambit publishes 3 submissions from every 100 it receives.



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RelationHit.com - a different kind of business
 Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, the humourous poetry website, has published RelationHit.com , featuring a brand new online business developed by an overworked florist.



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The Crossroads at Jijiga makes Bridport shortlist
 James' story The Crossroads at Jijiga was one of the short listed stories in the Bridport short story prize .  The story is a sister story to the Wondwossi Hotel Bar. One hundred stories were shortlisted in the 2016 Bridport Prize from over 4,500 entries.



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The Short Story Competition
James' story Good Morning, Azar made it on to the long list in the Short Story Competition .  James later withdrew the story after it was accepted for publication by Ambit Magazine.

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R v Sieger etc
The complete text of James' highly commended story R v Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service is now available on Christopher Fielden's website.
James Wool at Spread the Word event
Do you fancy Sex in the Year 2075?
James has had another humorous poem published on the website Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis
James Wool at Spread the Word event
Waiting for Dylan Thomas published on Cafe Aphra
James' flash fiction piece Waiting for Dylan Thomas has been published on Cafe Aphra. It was previously shortlisted in the Fish Flash Fiction competition.

The story can be read here .
James Wool at Spread the Word event
James' story The Wondwossi Hotel Bar placed second in short story competition.
James' story The Wondwossi Hotel Bar has been placed second in the Finchley Literary Festival short story competition 2016. The story, which was written last month especially for the competition, is set in a fictional hotel bar in Ethiopia. The judge, Joanna Campbell, is sitting next to  James as he reads the story at the Festival . The story is now available here .
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My Dog Nearly Ate My Homework published on Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis website
James' poem My Dog Nearly Ate my Homework  has been published on the website Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis. The poem previously appeared in an anthology published by Thynks and won the Southport Writers Circle humourous poetry prize.
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Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche to appear in Ambit magazine in January 2017
James' short story Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche has been accepted for publication. The story will appear in Ambit , the literary magazine featuring poetry, prose and art (running since 1959). The story features a slightly unreliable academic account of the David Hockney painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy.
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Fish Flash Fiction competition
James' flash story Waiting for Dylan Thomas was shortlisted in the Fish Flash Fiction competiton. James has previously had three short stories longlisted in Fish competitions. Waiting for Dylan Thomas will be published on the Cafe Aphra website in July.
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Upshots and Other Stories published
James' story R V Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service appears in this new collection of short stories published by Spread the Word and Kingston University Press. The book can be purchased here.
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James writes post for popular short story website
James has written a guest post for  Christopher Fielden's short story website  about the process of creating  R V Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service. The page includes an extract from the story. Many thanks to Chris for publishing this on his excellent site.
James Wool at Spread the Word event
R V Sieger - additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service
James (pictured at an evening with Jon McGregor and Kevin Barry) is currently working on editing his highly commended story for publication in a book by Spread the Word and the Kingston University Press. 
Parlourwood Creative Agency
Two more adverts
James has written the closing line for two more Black and Decker internet adverts produced by parlourwood . More of James' copywriting work is available here .
Bill Nighy who is in Kerton's Story
Kerton's Story
James' radio play Kerton's Story, starring Bill Nighy, Lesley Sharp and Stephen Moore can now be heard on YouTube .