Jamie Rhodes is a London based writer working in screen, prose, and comics. He studied Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he focused on Heideggarian studies and Phenomenology.
He trained as a script reader through Northwest Vision & Media, regional screen agency for the Northwest, and co-founded the filmmaking collective, Donkey Stone Films, at the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham. There he wrote short films under commission and taught screenwriting in schools, community groups, and homeless shelters.
In 2011 he won IdeasTap funding to launch The Homeless Film Festival, and registered this project as a charity. He was chair of the charity until 2013, stepping down to focus on his writing career, though he continues to work with marginalised people through St. Mungo’s Recovery College as a tutor in creative writing and screenwriting.
Jamie has been supported by: EM Media, IdeasTap, Arvon Foundation, Spread the Word, and the Arts Council England. His largest grant to date came from Arts Council England, to work with the British Library writing a collection of stories inspired by unusual documents in the library archives. The collection, Dead Men’s Teeth, launched at the British Library in 2014.
His second successful Arts Council England application was for a graphic fiction collaboration with the National Trust entitled A Castle in England. He is Scotney Castle’s first Writer-in-Residence, writing a graphic novel inspired by the castle’s archive collection. The book will be published by Nobrow Press in February 2017.
Folkloric themes recur throughout Jamie’s work and in his research he has taken the role of Assistant Editor of Northern Earth Magazine with a view to become Editor-in-Chief in 2017. Northern Earth is the world’s longest running Folklore & ‘Earth Mysteries’ magazine. Check out the Northern Earth page for more info.
As a full member of the writers’ trade union, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Jamie is Co Chair of the London & SE region, organising and speaking at writing events in London & SE. Find out more about Jamie’s work with the Guild here.