When he was 28, James did a degree in Literary Studies with Theology and Philosophy at the University of St Mark and St John. His poetry and a couple of his short Gothic stories have been published in American anthologies, and he is currently working on a second novel after self-publishing his first novel ‘Masterstroke’.

James is involved in Project X alongside other members of Our Space theatre group, supported by Theatre Royal Plymouth. He was also involved in the three year Don’t Mention the Gorilla project with Symbiotic Theatre group, who specialise in mental health issues, a subject close to his heart due to personal experience.