James Oates, currently resident of Northumberland, was born in Seaham, County Durham, in 1965.  He has gained a reputation in the North of England for quality performances on the poetry circuit for over 25 years, culminating in his representation of the North East in the 2009 Radio 4 Poetry Slam Semi-finals. 
He won the East Durham Writer of the Year competition in 1997 in the Prose (Open) category, is also the ‘VoxBox’ Team Slam Individual Champion 2008. He was the first poet to be featured on the first DAB station in the UK outside of London (Amazing Radio).  James had his first full Poetry collection published in 2007 (Wideyback) by Red Squirrel Press and has several pamphlet publications by other publishers including Talking Pen and Hybrid.  He wrote and performed poetry as part of the BBC North Production ‘Tyne and Wear Metro; The Musical’ under the direction of Benjamin Till. 

Ripples in the Dreampool--James Oates, Michelle Robinson (Hybrid, 1995)
Wideyback--James Oates (Red Squirrel Press, 2007 ISBN 978-0-955-4027-2-2)
Metropacity—James Oates (Talking Pen, 2009)
Sediment & Sentiment--James Oates/Barrie West, Poetry/Art collaboration (Talking Pen, 2010)

On ‘Wideyback’

‘Oates’ first solo collection calls to mind Wilde’s famous observation that we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. Valerie Laws

‘(His poetry) is rooted in the everyday but branches out into the miraculous.’  Kevin Cadwallender

James Oates