Christopher James was born in Scotland, educated at Newcastle and UEA, where he graduated with an MA in Creative Writing. He won first prize in the 2008 National Poetry Competition, the 2002 Bridport Prize and the Ledbury Poetry Prize in both 2003 and 2006. He a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and was a winner of the 2011 Templar Pamphlet Competition. His collections are The Invention of Butterfly (Ragged Raven 2006) Farewell to the Earth (Arc 2011) and The Manly Art of Knitting (Templar 2011). He lives in Suffolk with his wife, three children, guitar and banjo.