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 started writing short stories in 2014.  Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche was published by Ambit magazine in January 2017. Ambit also published Good Morning, Azar in July 2017. 

James was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2016. The Wondwossi Hotel Bar was placed second in the Greenacre/Finchley Literary Festival short story competition 2016.
 
R V Sieger – additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service was highly commended in the London Short Story Prize (2015). It was published in April 2016 by Spread the Word and Kingston University Press in Upshots and Other Stories.
 
The Pianist's Hands
was published in the Autumn 2015 edition of Scribble.


Several of James' stories have been longlisted, shortlisted or commended in various competitions.
 

The Judges' comments on James' highly commended story 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

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."
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."