James is a graduate of Glasgow University where he read English Literature. He has been a teacher ever since leaving aside academic research in English poetry; he continues to teach English at The Purcell. He was a boarding housemaster at his previous school; before that, he was Head of English at the same school. He has a lifelong love of music, and among his favourite composers are J.S. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág.