Bio


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James Bruce May is a British writer and musician. His poems and short stories are published internationally by the online literary press, and he's producing works of long-form fiction in London where he lives. He's also a founding member of indie band Farewell, Clarissa!

Born in England to Scottish parents, May left school at 16 to work and travel. He has visited over 30 countries on four continents. Finding his voice in travel journals and as a lyricist, he studied guitar at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music to develop his talent as a musician. In Brighton he joined alternative indie rock group Great Outdoors as lead guitarist. Active between 2005 and 2011, the band released four records under their own label, Sound on the Ground, and their music was called "Gorgeous" by dj Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.

Exploring his writing ability, May read Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich as an undergrad, and earned his masters reading Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since graduating, May has had work published in the UK, in the US, and on the Continent. He has dedicated work to Iain Sinclair, and to Björk, and his first novel, Let Down, is dedicated to Radiohead.

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