Dr James Miller


I am a novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature. Since 2018 I've been course leader for the MA and MFA in Creative Writing.

I am the author of the novels LOST BOYS (Little Brown 2008) and SUNSHINE STATE (Little, Brown 2010) and most recently UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES (Dodo Ink 2017) and STRAYS (Haverthorn 2017) a collaborative work of experimental poetry based on my debut novel. I've also written numerous short stories and articles which have been published in various journals, websites and anthologies. I have a PhD in American literature from King's College London on the African-American author James Baldwin and the connection of his work to Civil Rights and post-colonial discourse. I'm also a founding member of Writers Rebel - we publish work about the climate and ecological emergency at www.writersrebel.com - and organise literary events that are also non violent direct actions with Extinction Rebellion. I also help run the Twitter for Extinction Rebellion UK. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • BA 1st Class Honours English Literature Oxford University 1997
  • MA (Distinction) Anglo-American literary relations UCL 1999
  • PhD King's College London 2006

Teaching and learning

I teach a range of modules on the MA in Creative Writing, the BA in Creative Writing and BA English Literature. 

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My areas of research include: connections between contemporary literature and critical theory; connections between literary form and technology; the impact of socio-economic and political events on the novel and narrative fiction, experimental fiction, pastiche, parody, blending and complicating genre boundaries.

I'm interested in supervising  creative writing PhDs working on experimental or literary fiction or literature PhDs researching C20th American literature, particularly African-American, Beat Generation and postmodern fiction. 

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 18.


Miller, James (2017) Notes Towards a Deranged Realism. Berfois,

Miller, James (2015) Notting Hill. Litro Magazine, 147, pp. 20-23.

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

Miller, James (2014) Micro-narratives of the everyday. Litro Magazine, 134, pp. 32-37.

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


Lewis, Julia Rose and Miller, James (2017) Strays. U.K. : HVTN. 116p. ISBN 9781999867003

Miller, James (2017) UnAmerican activities. Buxton, U.K. : Dodo Ink. 288p. ISBN 9780993575853

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 (2023) How to imagine the future when the future does not exist. In: Coxon, Dan and Hirst, Richard V., (eds.) Writing the future : essays on crafting science fiction. Manchester, U.K. : Dead Ink. pp. 119-141. ISBN 9781915368027

Miller, James (2019) James Baldwin's Black Power : 'No Name in the Street', Fanon, Camus, and the Black Panthers. In: Craven, Alice Mikal , Dow, William E. and Nakamura, Yoko, (eds.) Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin's Radical Imagination. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 177-193. ISBN 9781501337710

Miller, James (2018) Not all right. In: Coxon, Dan, (ed.) This Dreaming Isle. London, U.K. : Unsung Stories. pp. 133-155. ISBN 9781907389597

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) Six Month Anniversary. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Refuge. Norwich, U.K. : Salt/ Galley Beggar Press. ISBN 9781910296639

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. III ISBN 9781910879078

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