©Meghan Lilleyman and Scott Hukins-24James Giddings was born in 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University where he was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant. His poems have been widely published both online and in print, and in 2015 he was awarded a Northern Writers award. His debut pamphlet ‘Everything is Scripted’ won Templar Poetry’s Book and Pamphlet Award in 2016.


“James Giddings is a storyteller with a filmic eye, and the poems in Everything is Scripted make you want to break out the popcorn. It is full of set-piece scenes that celebrate and subvert genres – there are villains, trench-coated detectives, battles, wedding speeches, ghosts who find ‘the real horror / is the lack of networking opportunities’. Best of all are the poems about fathers, where iconic movie images – the parachute jump, the body in a freezer – take on a strange, moving new charge. For Giddings we are all pretending: fumbling our lines, waiting for the director to yell ‘Cut!’ This pamphlet deserves to be a blockbuster.” – Clare Pollard