James McDermott: Wild Life

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Friday 28th July | 5.00pm
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Holt based writer James McDermott (Rubber Ring, Time & Tide, Manatomy) performs wry witty poems from his new collection Wild Life (Nine Arches Press), which explores the nature of queerness, queerness of nature – notably the fluid Norfolk coast – and the queerness of ‘natural’ masculinity.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing.

James McDermott is a Norfolk based writer. He graduated from UEA with a starred First Class BA Honours in Scriptwriting & Performance (2015) and an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting (2016). He trained on The Royal Court Writers Group, Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab and Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire Programme.

James’s plays published by Samuel French include Rubber Ring (Pleasance Islington/UK Tour; Winner of Pulse Festival's Suitcase Prize) and Time & Tide (Park Theatre/UK Tour; Offie nominated for Best New Play 2020; long-listed for the Bruntwood, Papatango and Verity Bargate Playwriting Prizes). James’s East of England plays include The Birds & The Bees (New Wolsey/UK Tour), Robin Good: The Politico-Panto (Norwich Playhouse) and Ghosted (Out There Festival). James is currently writing new plays for Eastern Angles, Sheringham Little Theatre, Revoluton Arts and Relish Theatre. He is also one of the writers on EastEnders, is developing TV comedy dramas with several production companies and has written plays for BBC Radio 4.

James’s poetry books include Manatomy (Burning Eye Books; long-listed for Polari’s First Book Prize 2021), Erased (Polari Press) and Green Apple Red (Broken Sleep Books). James's new collection Wild Life (Nine Arches Press) will be published in June 2023.

James's poetry has been widely published in magazines and journals including Poetry Wales, The Cardiff Review, Ink Sweat & Tears and Fourteen Poems. James has taught scriptwriting and poetry in theatres, schools, libraries and universities nationwide. He is a visiting lecturer at Norwich University of The Arts, an Arvon writing tutor and Trustee at Creative Arts East.

Running Time 60mins followed by Q+A and book-signing
Age suitability 16+

The language, wit, insights, power of expression… magnificent
Stephen Fry

Bold, graphic and startling
Julian Clary

McDermott delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs
Luke Wright
The Times