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.
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.
James’ first novel, The Taste of Apple (written in verse), was 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 English and Literature. He is also 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'.
James has worked in an editorial capacity on several small Australian publications. He 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.