James Whitman is an author, playwright and creative writing tutor. He specialises in collaborating with artists and community groups, creating work that is both accessible and innovative. In 2016, James was a finalist in the Journal Culture Awards (Best Event – Sunderland) and was long listed in the Saboteur Awards (Best Novella), both for his involvement in street art / storytelling spectacular, Grafters Gables. Last year, he won Community Development Project of the Year at the Community Radio Awards 2017 for audio comedy-drama, Mackem Craic. In addition to his writing and project work, James runs creative writing workshops throughout the north-east of England. He lives in Sunderland, and has two sons who regularly team up to beat him at board games.