James (Jim) Friel
“Writing, in essence, is a solitary activity, but we thrive on opportunities to share, develop and enjoy the craft with others who are sympathetic and inspiring. When we take those opportunities, the experiences we gain are revelatory, deeply pleasurable, and, more often than not, just exactly what our work has been trying to tell us all along.”
James Friel is the author of The Posthumous Affair, published by the Tupelo Press 31 May 2012.
James Friel was born in North West England to Irish parents from Donegal. His mother is a native Gaelic speaker.
James is the author of four previous novels, The Higher Realm, Left of North, Taking the Veil and Careless Talk. He has adapted works of fiction for radio, including Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and A Pale View of Hills, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, and Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. His story ‘The Present Lucia’ was shortlisted for the Rome Short Story Competition 2011-2012 and published in the collection 7 Stories About Italian Women.
He is Programme Leader for the M.A. and Ph.D. in Writing at Liverpool’s John Moores University, and he is Visiting Writer at L’Université de Rouen, France.
Comments and reviews:
‘The Posthumous Affair is a devastating and illuminating exploration of love and grief, opens in late nineteenth-century New York then travels to a Venice that is mysterious, decaying, and gloomily beautiful… All the way through, the novel is so lucid, and reveals such deep understanding of the emotions, that it presents to us an astonishing new form of erotic love.’ Grace Dane Mazur.
‘This book, a perfect gem where everything fits, is enthralling, poignant, and brimming with meaning.’ NewPages Review
‘James Friel is, quite simply, the best creative writing teacher I have ever worked with. Many writers are passionate, intelligent and incisive about their own work – James has the incredible and genuine ability to feel this about the work of others, and to make you feel it too. If you don’t really want to be a writer, don’t go to James, because once you do, you already are one.’ Peter Salmon, Author of The Coffee Story.
‘James Friel is a mature writer who has something to say and says it with warmth and integrity. His novels shine light on the human condition and are memorable long after reading.’ Monique Roffey, Author of The White Woman on the Green Bicycle.