James Kramer is a writer from the outskirts of Beijing, in an area midway through being demolished. He has been writing for close to a decade and has amassed a collection of work, some of it good, a lot of it questionable. After many years of being labeled backwards, reactionary and at times just plain stubborn, he has finally given in to his overall distrust of the internet and been convinced to put his work online and make it available for those who might be interested in taking a look.
In the UK, he was involved in the film collective ‘a-minus productions’, which alongside issues of nomeclature, produced a series of shorts and one feature length film, which was called back by popular demand for screenings at TAO (the arts organisation) in Nottingham, where the production had been filmed. These films were never entered into competitive festivals because again, he seems to have some difficulty in self-promotion, being more concerned with moving on to starting the next idea.
He was also involved in setting up the DIY theatre Halden Theatre and spent a great many evenings forcing actors to rehearse in abandoned warehouses and then perform in dark, strangely lit basements. But that was another era, and a whole other conversation.
Currently, he resides in Beijing where he continues to write and has just completed work on a novel based in the Chinese capital. He is currently seeking a publisher for said book. Although heavily involved in the spoken word performance scene in the UK, since moving to Beijing, he has performed in one and only one spoken word event, where he seemed to be the only one in attendance, and for a free drink did his best to confuse the others patrons of the bar, by reciting loud and awkwardly personal verse. He currently writes an editorial for Nottingham’s Left Lion online magazine, as well as features for the culture website Bournemouth Scene.
This website is dedicated to making some of his work available to read. If you find yourself interested in contemporary fiction, then please feel free to take a look, to comment and critique. Responses will be very welcomely received. As an avid reader, also please feel more than welcome to send any of your own work as a means to discuss or just plain share the experience of writing solely because of the compulsion to do so.