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James R Kilner is the author of two books of poetry, Frequencies of Light and Persephone, both published to critical acclaim.

He was born in the city of York in northern England. As a child, he lived in Scotland and then Staffordshire before the family returned to Yorkshire.

James began his career in the newspaper industry, working at York & County Press, as a reporter initially and later as a feature writer, sub-editor and Deputy Editor.

He was awarded a PhD by the University of Leeds for his research on Ted Hughes’s poetry, which he completed under the supervision of the poet and Royal Literary Fellow Paul Mills. Paul became a good friend and an important influence in the development of James’s own poems.

He moved to Tyneside in 2006 and lives in Whickham. As well as being a writer, he enjoys photography and some of his pictures can be viewed on this website.


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