James works as a freelance project manager in a variety of different fields. Heritage projects have included managing the publication of a book on the history of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the compilation of the Natural Heritage section of the Stour Valley Heritage Compendium (part of the Heritage Lottery funded programme, Managing A Masterpiece, view it here) and the research and writing of a series of interpretation panels for ten new heritage trails in the Norfolk & Suffolk Brecks.
His main writing project recently has been Orientalist Lives, a book exploring the travels and careers of Western artists working in the Middle East during the period 1830–1920. It is scheduled for publication in autumn 2017.
Meanwhile, James is continuing to research the life of Emma Turner, who in the early 1900s became one of the most respected bird photographers in Britain and in 1911 rediscovered the Bittern as a British breeding bird (with Jim Vincent). Click here for an article written by James on Turner for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s magazine Tern, and here for a feature written about Turner and her fellow Norfolk naturalist, the Reverend M C H Bird, in the Eastern Daily Press. Here is a short piece published in Country Life and here is an article written by James for Countryfile magazine.
James appeared in a BBC Radio 4 Nature programme on Emma Turner entitled Emma Turner, a life in the reeds. It was broadcast on 24 January 2012 – click here for more information and to listen to it.