James Roderick Burns

James Roderick Burns

James Roderick Burns' collections include 'The Salesman's Shoes' (tanka), 'Greetings from Luna Park' (a narrative sedoka sequence exploring turn of the century Coney Island) and a short fiction chapbook, 'A Bunch of Fives'. He is managing editor of the journal Other Poetry, lives in Edinburgh and is currently working on an agented novel about the nineteenth century 'scourge of the pornographers', Anthony Comstock, and his fifty year vice campaign in and around New York City.


James Roderick Burns in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1988 Danby, North Yorkshire

What do you love about short stories?

Precision, density, control

Do you write in other forms?

Yes - I write novels, short/flash fiction and Japanese short-form poetry (haiku, tanka, sedoka)

What distracts you from writing?

I can't write if I'm not regularly distracted

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Bicycles, social policy

What is your favourite book?

'The Tractate Middoth' (MR James)

Who are your favourite writers?

Paul Auster, Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write it, send it out, forget it, repeat

Work by James Roderick Burns:

Nine Signs to Shilbottle
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The day after the great storm, Miss Prendergast sent out Milo Patrick to see what damage it had done to the roads around the village.
The Haiku Master
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1 It was ten thirty in the morning, time for coffee and donuts, but Dustin Roberts had other things on his mind. He had slipped out of the prefabricated office unit and onto the shop floor twenty minutes ago, putting up the small satin ‘Java-time!’ banner beside his computer like a friendly mailbox flag, and locking out the screen. Now a cartoon Japanese gentleman in a bamboo-print kimono alternately smiled and frowned at the empty office. Wanda was out for the morning and Steve, the techie geek in charge of the processing software, away at a conference. Dustin wouldn’t be missed.

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