James Laidler is a writer, poet, novelist, spoken word performer and teacher from country Victoria, Australia. James’ work has been featured throughout Australia on Writer’s Radio, ABC Radio National and Melbourne’s RRR.
James lived and worked in East Timor writing his second novel, 'Pulling Down the Stars', published by Hybrid Press. https://www.hybridpublishers.com.au/product/pulling-down-the-stars/
While in East Timor he worked as 2nd Assistant Director on East Timor’s first ever international feature film, ‘A Guerra Da Beatriz.’ This is where he developed his love of mixed media and film making which he now pursues in addition to his writing. http://www.aguerradabeatriz.com/team/
James’ first novel, The Taste of Apple was written in verse and published by Interactive Press. The Taste of Apple won the 2010 IP Picks Award for Best First Book.
In 2009, James won The Australian Poetry Centre's ‘Poetic Monologue Competition’ and his short one person monologue, ‘Before the Fall’ was funded by The Australian Poetry Centre and performed on stage at the 2010 Melbourne Writer's Festival.
James has worked predominantly as the head of a high school English faculty, teaching between 2014-2019 to get his two sons through college, but is now actively working as a writer, poet and filmmaker, currently dividing his time between writing poetry, working on his third novel and creating the digital platform, 'Litpoetry', to extend his creative reach and to promote the love of poetry further afield.
James has extensive experience as both a published fiction writer and novelist, and as an experienced senior teacher in the areas of English, Creative Writing and Global Citizenship Studies.
James has worked in an editorial capacity on several small Australian publications.
James has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts from La Trobe University, a Diploma of Education from Monash University and is currently completing his Master's Degree at The University of South Australia.