James Whitman is the writer behind Mackem Craic, Grafters Gables, 15 Minutes of Fame, and Cpt. George Maling – Strong For War, For Helping Tender. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Journal Culture Awards (Best Event) and was long listed in the Saboteur Awards (Best Novella).
In addition to writing books and plays, James also runs creative writing workshops throughout the north-east of England. He teaches a short story writing course in East Boldon, as part of The Cultural Spring’s workshops programme. He also set up a young people’s writing group in South Shields last year, which led to the publication of Panic at the Library!
Before he became a writer, James worked in Youth Offending Teams and children’s homes for over thirteen years. He lives in Sunderland, and has two sons who regularly beat him at board games.