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J.P. Priestley


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J.P. Priestley (James Paxton Priestley) is studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Besides his undergraduate degree, James is also studying for the Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing. His main fiction genre interests include folklore, fantasy, speculative fiction, haunting texts, and horror (including folk horror). Creative non-fiction and the work of essayists run as parallel interests. 


James has a particular interest in the works of the Welsh author and mystic Arthur Machen (1863-1947), best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction, and the works of the Irish writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873), a creator of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. James is currently privately researching the use of anthropomorphism and personification literary techniques in ghost and horror writing.


With a therapy background in Ericksonian Clinical Hypnosis, Cognitive Psychotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, James is also an experienced freelance copy-editor and proofreader. His scholarly activities encompass learning Welsh and Esperanto. Personal pronouns: He/Him.

(Aberystwyth, January 2023)


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Dw i'n dysgu Cymraeg

The main flag of Esperanto, featuring the Verda Stelo ('Green Star'), adopted in 1905 for use as a symbol of mutual recognition among Esperantists.

Mi lernas Esperanton




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