James Walker

James Walker

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


James Walker's role is to teach and facilitate learning in Humanities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and to contribute to the development, assessment and management of academic courses with a focus on digital humanities, civic engagement and employability, in addition to undertaking relevant developmental, research, commercial and consultancy activities.

James's specialism is digital storytelling with an emphasis on multi-collaboration across media platforms. He has written about Nottingham's literary history for the Guardian , Independent , The Space and BBC Radio 3. He has been the Literature Editor of LeftLion for the past ten years. He is currently designing a third year module that will recreate a digital version of DH Lawrence's Savage Pilgrimage.

He currently teaches on the following modules:

  • ENGL37605: Creative Writing Dissertation Full Year
  • ENGL30215: Gothic Rebels & Reactionaries Full Year
  • MCLT325 Advanced Media Practice

Career overview

Research areas

James produces innovative and multi-collaborative digital storytelling projects focussed around Nottingham's literary history. These include:

  • Dawn of the Unread (2014-15) a graphic novel that was created as a response to alarming literacy statistics in the UK and the closure of libraries and independent bookshops. It gave placements to over 120 NTU students and won the Teaching Excellence Award at the Guardian Education Awards in March 2015.
  • Being Arthur (2014), the first live 24-hour Twitter presentation of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning for the Being Human Festival.
  • The Sillitoe Trail (2012 -2013) was a commission for BBC/Arts Council England's multimedia platform The Space. It explored the enduring relevance of Alan Sillitoe's debut novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) and was voted in the Top Ten of content.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the School of Arts and Humanities exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

James is a Director of Nottingham City of Literature. This is a consortium of literary organisations who have put together a bid for Nottingham to be accredited as a UNESCO City of Literature.

He has been the Literature Editor of LeftLion magazine since 2005.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:


Mobile App

  • The Sillitoe Trail. Walker J and Fillingham P, 2013, Think Amigo, Apple Store

Short Stories

  • The Long Silver Legs After Midnight. Walker J, Hearing Voices, 2011, Crystal Clear Creators, volume 3
  • The Three And A Half Day Parent. Walker J, Route Offline: A Festival Of Short Stories, 2008, Route
  • Trying To Find Van Breukelen. Walker J, in (ed) I Daley, Ideas Above Our Station, 2006, Route


  • Dawn of the Unread: A Manifesto, Durham University Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities, Walker J, 8-9 July 2014
  • Le Parkour: The Body as Politics. Walker J, The Public Sphere, Dec/2009
  • Chav: The Emergence Of A New Identity. Walker J, Interstice, 2008 1 (1)
  • The Hummer: The Return of the Hard Body. Walker J in (eds) E Cardenas, E Gorman, The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture, 2007, Lexington Books (USA)

Press expertise

James has been writing about Nottingham’s literary history for the past ten years for a variety of publications and has helped form the strategy for various literary organisations, such as Nottingham’s UNESCO City of Literature bid. He is particularly interested in the relationship between digital and literature.