"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, represented by Emily Sweet Associates. His first novel Three Steps Behind  is currently out on submission. He is working on his second novel.

James has had many short stories published and listed in competitions. He also writes plays.

He lives with his family in north London.



In Denial for sale: April 2019
James' play In Denial is available for purchase on the Smith Scripts website.  

Troubled by an unpleasant row that blows up on the night they become engaged, Amelia and Toby consult a compatibility counsellor for a professional view on their prospects together.  

You can also read more about this play here .

Mir LIVE: March 2019
James will be reading his story 'ARMAGEDDON - A Game of Daring and Duplicity' at The Harrison, 28 Harrson Street, King’s Cross, at 7.30pm on Monday, March 11th. The headliner in this spoken-word event will be comedian, musician, writer and broadcaster Rosie Wilby. 

'ARMAGEDDON - A Game of Daring and Duplicity' will be published in June by Riggwelter.

Seven Writers Seven Novels: Dec 2018
James will be hosting a blog about seven novelists who will all be having a book published in 2019. There will be monthly blog posts throughout 2019 where he will check in with the authors, and what's been happening in connection with their novels.  James wants to get beneath the surface, revealing things that other writers will want to read. He will be working with writers Eva Harlsband and Hannah Persaud to create the content. The first post will go live on Friday 11 January. The blog is accessible from the main menu of this website.

New Representation: Nov 2018
James is now represented by Emily Sweet Associates . In a super-fast turn around time, Emily read James' psychological thriller, Three Steps Behind, within five days of him contacting her agency, and submitted to publishers less than two weeks after that. Some edits to the opening chapters were made in the interim period.

Prior to working as a literary agent, Emily spent ten years as an editor in trade publishing houses, including six years as a senior editor at Bloomsbury, and three years at Random House.

Longlisted story: Nov 2018
The second short story that James ever wrote has been longlisted in 
​​Grindstone's International Short Story Prize.

Authors are not able to link their name with their stories.
ARMAGEDDON - A Game of Daring and Duplicity: Nov 2018
James' flash fiction piece ARMAGEDDON - A Game of Daring and Duplicity will be published in the twenty-second issue of Riggwelter Press, which will come out on June 1st 2019. 

In August this year, This Morning Paul McVeigh Liked two of My Tweets was included in Riggwelter #12.
Research in West Hampstead: Nov 2018
James is currently undertaking research in West Hampstead for his second novel. The story follows a young girl who is auditioning for Decca records in October 1961, three months before the Beatles were famously turned down by the same label.

Dick Weindling, local historian and author of many books including  Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek, has very kindly been providing James with a wealth of information about the studios and the local area.

Shortlisting: Oct 2018
Always Noon, a new piece of flash fiction by James has been shortlisted in the Solstice Shorts Festival 2018 run by Arachne Press. 
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 was selected from over 1,400 entries.

The Scorched Valley Project was written specifically for the competition.

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 .

One Slightly Crazy Night on East 52nd Street is now also available on the Ambit website .

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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