James holds a masters degree in English Literature and Language and BA (Honours) in English from Sheffield Hallam University.
He is a nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist. James' work appears daily in papers throughout the UK from Edinburgh to the south of England. He has also contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, Private Eye (for whom he has also written jokes) and Prospect.
James is also the author of the DCI Miller crime novels, and lectures on journalism courses at universities including Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Trinity, Huddersfield, and Derby.
James' PhD research aims to explore the role of pocket cartoons in newspapers through case studies of major stories such as the Suez crisis and the Profumo affair.
Whitworth, J. (2018). Journalism after Snowden (ed) Emily Bell and Taylor Owen. Information, Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1439986
'Newspaper Cartoons and the 1945 General Election' The Press and the Vote, National University of Ireland, Galway, 9-10 November 2018
'Drawing the News: Why Newspaper Cartoons Matter' AJE Annual Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 28-29 June 2018
'The Role and the Self Image of the Satirist in the Modern World' White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities, St Bride Foundation, Fleet Street, 6 June 2018
'John Leech: the cartoonist who gave us Christmas' The Independent 19 December 2017
Class, Politics and Editorial Identity: the history and role of pocket cartoons in the Daily Express and Daily Mirror 1939-1979