Dr James Miller

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Humanities
Email: J.Miller@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62289
Location: Room Pr.Hh.1004, Penrhyn Road


I am MFA Course Director for Creative Writing and Post Graduate Research Coordinator. Please get in touch if you are interested in applying for our MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing.

I was educated at Oxford University, University College London and King's College London. My debut novel, LOST BOYS, a disturbing re-imagining of 'Peter Pan' for the War on Terror was published by Little, Brown to critical acclaim in the UK in 2008. My second novel, SUNSHINE STATE, a re-working of 'Heart of Darkness' for an age of economic collapse, Third World revolution and global warming was published by Little, Brown in 2010.

I have a PhD on African-American literature and Civil Rights. My short stories have appeared in numerous publications and I've written for papers including The Times and Der Taggesspiegel. I have spoken at many events in the UK and abroad, including the Edinburgh Book Festival, ZDF's 'aspekte' TV programme, 'I Like Cairo and London' in Berlin's Hebbel-Am-Ufer theatre, the Tottenham/ Palestine literature festival and 'The Novel and the Urban Landscape in a time of transition and crisis' at the Athens Megaron.

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students who seek supervision in the following areas: for creative writing - experimental fiction, literary fiction, connections between fiction and literary theory and for English literature - post-war American fiction, particularly African-American literature, the Beat Generation and postmodern American literature.


Educational and professional qualifications

2003-6 PhD James Baldwin and the problem of identity and history in post-war America. , Kings College London
1998-9 MA Anglo-American Literary Relations , University College London
1994-7 BA English Literature , Oxford University

Professional experience (post-1990)

2015 - present MFA Course Director, Kingston University
2010 - present Senior Lecturer Creative Writing and English Literature, Kingston University
2009-2010 HPL Creative Writing MA & BA, Southbank University
2005-2008 HPL Department of American Studies, King's College London


MFA: Advanced Writer's Workshop
Dissertation supervision

MA: Critical Challenges for Creative Writers
Writer's Workshop
Dissertation supervision

BA: Experiments with Form
Dissertation supervision

Research areas

: Literary Fiction
: Experimental Fiction
: Post war American literature particularly Beat Generation, African-American and postmodern fiction

Professional activity

My short fiction has appeared in the following anthologies/ magazines/ publications:

‘Exploding Zombie Cock’ Galley Beggar Press shorts (Galley Beggar Press, 2014)
‘Quiet Evenings in the Moriglen Care Home’ (The Pigeonhole, 2014)
“Experimental Short Fiction” in Writing Short Stories edited by Tania Hershman and Courttia Newland (Bloomsbury, 2014).
‘The Importance of Place and Setting in the Novel’ Salt Guide to Creative Writing ed Nicholas Royle (Salt 2014)
‘Girl 3’ in 3am magazine www.3ammagazine.com
'Micronarratives of the Everyday' Social Media and the Novel in Litro Magazine (Autumn 2014)
'Area 64' and 'The Red Mist' in Litro Magazine (online Autumn 2014)
Still ed Roelof Bakker (Negative Press, Autumn 2012)
Out of Chaos: Stories For Our Shared Planet ed. Gregory Norminton (Oneworld. Spring 2013)
A Dream of Stone ed DM Mitchell (Paraphilia Books, Spring 2012)
Antique Children Quarterly Volume 2: Latin American Fiction Special (May 2010)
Cinema Futura ed. Mark Morris(PS Publishing: Autumn 2010)
Antique Children Quarterly Volume 1: The Spit Issue (March 2010)
Paraphilia Magazine VII (February 2010)
Paraphilia Magazine VI (January 2010)
Paraphilia Magazine: ‘Doppleganger Issue’ (December 2009)
Neon Lit: The Time Out Book of New Writing Volume 1 ed. Nicholas Royle (Quartet: London, 1998).
The Ex-Files ed. Nicholas Royle (Quartet: London, 1998).
Dark Terrors 4 eds. David Sutton & Stephen Jones (Victor Gollancz: London, 1998).
Dark Terrors 2 eds. David Sutton & Stephen Jones (Victor Gollancz: London, 1998).
A Book of Two Halves ed. Nicholas Royle (Victor Gollancz: London, 1998).
The Time Out Book of London Walks 1 ed. Andrew White (Penguin: London, 1998).

Research outputs

Number of items: 10.


Miller, James (2014) Micro-narratives of the everyday. Litro Magazine, 134, ISSN (online) 1750-6603

Miller, James (2014) The red mist. Litro Magazine,

Miller, James (2009) Integration, transformation and the redemption of America: 'The Fire Next Time' and ‘A Letter from Birmingham Jail’. European Journal of American Culture, 28(3), pp. 245-262. ISSN (print) 1466-0407

Miller, James (2008) What does it mean to be an American? The dialectics of self-discovery in Baldwin's “Paris essays” (1950–1961). Journal of American Studies, 42(01), pp. 51-66. ISSN (print) 0021-8758


Miller, James (2014) Exploding zombie cock. Norwich, U.K. : Galley Beggar Press. 22p. (Singles) ISBN 9781910296356

Miller, James (2010) Sunshine State. London, U.K. : Little Brown. 344p. ISBN 9781408701843

Miller, James (2009) Lost boys. London, U.K. : Little Brown. 275p. ISBN 9780349120980

Book Section

Miller, James (2015) Short stories - 'experimental' shorts. In: Newland, Courttia and Hershman, Tania, (eds.) Writing short stories: a writers’ & artists’ companion. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 104-105. (Writers' and Artists' Companions) ISBN 9781408130803

Miller, James (2015) The importance of place and setting in the novel. In: Royle, Nicholas, (ed.) The art of the novel. Cromer, U.K. : Salt. pp. 129-138. ISBN 9781907773655

Miller, James (2014) Quiet evenings at the Moriglen Care Home. In: Ream, Sarah, (ed.) Sex staves. London, U.K. : The Pigeonhole. ISBN 9781910879078

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