J.P. Priestley


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J.P. (James Paxton) Priestley is studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University in Wales. He brings to his studies five years of continuous freelance copy-editing and proofreading experience, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.


James has a therapy background in Ericksonian Clinical Hypnosis, Cognitive Psychotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


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, haunting texts, and horror. Creative non-fiction runs as a parallel interest, as do the creative endeavours of essayists.


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 researching the use of anthropomorphism and personification literary techniques in ghost and horror writing.


An avid participator in the continuous process of lifelong learning, you will often find James reading far too many books at once, while listening (in tandem) to an unabridged audio of the book he has to hand whenever the opportunity presents. His scholarly activities also include learning Welsh and Esperanto, with much yet to learn!

(Aberystwyth, August 2022)


The Wales Flag, or Red Dragon, or Y Ddraig Goch

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



Email: J.P.Priestley@pm.me

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