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Daniel James

Daniel James

Doctoral Student in Creative Writing.


Dr Lars Iyer and Professor James Annesley 

Research projects

The Literature of Psychosis: Contemporary Fiction in Unstable Times

My research will explore the impact of ‘psychotic’ events - post-truth politics and fake news, Brexit, COVID-19, and more - on contemporary literature. In particular how the collapsing distinction between fact and fiction, public and private, reality and its representation, is shaping the 21st novel. This will be documented through a 'hybrid' novel, combining critical and creative elements, with autofiction, digital technologies, and online media. It is my hope that this project will contribute to ongoing debate within the academic field of Creative Writing around the role of critical work in practice-led creative writing research. 

Research interests

  • contemporary fiction and the 21st Century novel
  • postmodernism
  • creative writing
  • literary theory
  • the philosophy of literature
  • autofiction and experimental writing
  • journalism
  • philosophy
  • the literature of psychosis
  • crime fiction and mystery narratives
  • metaphysical Detective Fiction
  • genre writing and subversion
  • the effects of mixed-media and digital technology on storytelling
  • literary style, genre and form
  • and the relationship between fact and fiction/reality and its representation, in contemporary literature

Research activities


  • The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas (Dead Ink Books, 2018)
  • The Bleed Magazine Vol.1 #1-3 (2011-2015)


  • shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2019.
  • finalist for the UK News Writer of the Year 2005 (Press Gazette Awards).
  • nominated for two North East Press Awards.

Academic background

  • MRes English Literature, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • MA Creative Writing, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • English Literature and Language BA Hons, Northumbria University, Newcastle