James Connarty was born in Bellshill, grew up in Coatbridge and now lives in Wishaw. He would be telling lies if he said he was a Glasgow writer, although he has written in and about the city. James graduated from Strathclyde University with an honours degree in English Literature in the mid-90s and has worked as a teacher for twenty years. He started creative writing classes at Glasgow University eight years ago. His writing has previously appeared in thi wurd magazine, the collection entitled Tales from a Cancelled Country and www.glasgowwestend.co.uk.