After fifteen years of writing, performing and recording music (whilst doing a series of jobs from job centre interviewer to recruitment consultant), James went off to Reading University to do a B.Ed degree in primary education and an MA in children's literature.
He is now an award/prize-winning poet, as well as a non-fiction and educational writer. He is the author of many popular and best-selling poetry titles. He travels all over the UK to give lively poetry/music performances and workshops. In the last seventeen years, he has visited well over 1000 schools, and performed at various prestigious literary festivals, including Cheltenham, Hay and Edinburgh.
James lives in Wallingford with his four guitars, three ukuleles, two daughters and one wife.