James Mcloughlin was born in Southport, Merseyside, in 1990, with (according to him) 'his face in a book and his mind detached.' Showing a keen interest in both reading and writing from an early age, it's perhaps no surprise that James went on to complete a degree in English & Writing at Leeds Trinity University College.
At the age of 16, James began writing lyrics for hastily thrown-together songs on his acoustic guitar. After realising he had 'all the singing talent of a haunted toad' (again, his words), James reclassified these lyrics as poems and began to write for the page in earnest. Since then, James has produced over five hundred pages of poetry in various notebooks – and finished a novel or two.
Valley Press published his first collection, Encore, in May 2011, which is notable for being the first ever unsolicted submission to be published by VP – to put it another way, he was the first author we published who we didn't already know. In 2012, James' short story 'This Hopeless War' appeared in the anthology Front Lines, alongside work from five other writers under 25.
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