James Kidd is a freelance writer based in Oxford. He began working for the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association after coming second in their annual prize - with an essay on John Keats' puns, word play and light verse. As well as his role as Friends Secretary, he began the Keats-Shelley Twitter account and helps to run the annual Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Writing Prizes.
As a journalist, James has appeared in The Independent and Independent on Sunday, Literary Review, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Esquire Weekly, Time Out, South China Morning Post, and The Jerusalem Post among others. He has interviewed everyone from Margaret Atwood, Boy George, Patricia Cornwell and Salman Rushdie to Hanya Yanagihara, Peter Carey, David Mitchell, Michael Palin and Ken Follett. Some of these interviews can be heard on another podcast, This Writing Life. James also co-hosts the literary podcast and radio show Lit Bits with Adam Smyth. His other credits include writing the introduction for the 20th anniversary of Patricia Cornwell's Postmortem and English Heritage's recent short story collection, These Our Monsters.