Dr James Vicars is a writer, researcher and part-time teacher in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England. He pays his respects to the traditional custodians of the land and to elders past, present and emerging.
James Vicars began writing as a journalist and creatively as a poet and short story writer in his mid-twenties. Besides editing numerous publications and a literary magazine, New England Review, in the 1990s, his poems have appeared in anthologies and a short story, essays and reviews have also been published in magazines. As well as roles in the media he has worked as a communications consultant, as an editor, and as a teacher, lecturer and writing mentor. He has specialised scholarly interest in the areas of biography and fictional biography and is currently finalising an account of the life of Australia’s first woman pilot, Millicent Bryant. He has been awarded fellowships from the NSW Ministry for the Arts and the Eleanor Dark Foundation, and his literary interests are in contemporary novel, life writing and poetry, and twentieth century English and Australian literature. He was appointed an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Arts in 2014.