James Roberts is a writer and artist working from an old rural market town in the Welsh Borders surrounded by rivers, woods, and high hills – his favourite things. It’s a place where the stars are still lantern bright at night.
His poetry and essays have been published widely and he has also worked as a playwright and editor. His new non-fiction book, Two Lights, will be published by September Publishing in March 2023. It explores the decline in wild species over his lifetime through the prism of twilight. It is based on the essay, Chorus, first published by Little Toller Press. You can read it here.
His latest poetry pamphlet, Winged contains 14 poems about wild birds, with accompanying illustrations. It was reviewed here and sold out quickly. A new hardback version, Winged | Dark Water, which also includes a collection of short essays, will be released soon on his Night River Wood imprint this spring.
His art and illustrations have featured in several galleries and exhibitions, as well as in theatres, magazines and books. He is currently working on a series of ink and salt drawings of ravens, owls and hawks which are available as prints on this website.
James is now working on his next book – Coil – about slow time, circularity and hand-made landscapes.
James is represented by Robert Caskie.