James works as a freelance project manager in a variety of different fields. Recent projects have included managing the publication of a book on the history of the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the compilation of the Natural Heritage section of the Stour Valley Heritage Compendium, part of the Heritage Lottery funded programme, Managing A Masterpiece. You can view it here.

His main book project recently has been the research and writing of a book on Orientalist artists. Provisionally entitled Orientalist Lives, the book explores the lives and travels of some of the leading Orientalist artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is scheduled for publication in spring 2016.

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.

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.