Creatabot has a new contributor on board, James Bovington from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. James is a writer and will be writing various topical articles for the site. We asked him a few questions to find out more…
So what is your creative background?
Thanks to my mother I was raised on science fiction, basically. I’ve been reading voraciously from a very young age. In fact the only ‘children’s’ book I can recall reading as a child is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, after that it’s all just ‘actual’ books, or books on tape.
Because of that I’ve always loved words, particularly the placing of words into nice lines. I wrote a lot of poetry when I was younger. These days I write a lot of fiction and a handful of articles on various subjects.
Did you study any creative subjects?
I studied radio journalism at university for a little while, then I dropped out; not for me, the life of a scholar.
It hasn’t helped me in my creative endeavours at all.
What other career paths have you taken?
I’ve done the most basic, lowest-rung drudge work in various kitchens; pot-washing and the like. It’s not exactly the most mentally engaging of jobs; gives one a lot of time to think.
Now I sell electronic cigarettes from a kiosk in a shopping centre. For large chunks of the day I have nothing official to do; gives one a lot of time to write. And ‘smoke’. I like it quite a lot.
Who inspires you both locally and universally?
I’m very lucky in that years ago I fell in with a group of people, all of whom are thoughtful, artistic and creative without exception. While we don’t necessarily always take impetus from each other’s work it’s nice to be, and to have been for so long, within that framework of creativity.
In an overall sense I, like everyone, have my influences. A list of names is in order, I think:
There are others, but listing them all would take too much room. Those are the main few.
What would you like to achieve in the future?
I’d like to eventually have at least one novel published. I’d like to get my comic script finished, drawn and online, and if I’m allowed a flight of fancy I’d like it to be picked up for an actual print run.
I think all creative people want to be recognised, and paid, for what they love doing.
I just want to keep writing for as long as I can.
Can you recommend a creative website you love?
Actually no, sorry. Everything I see by way of creative stuff comes to me over my Tumblr feed, or links and suggestions from my friends.
Although, once you filter through the endless reams of crap, Tumblr is actually awesome for finding cool artists and photographers and writers. Wimp and YouTube are the same, but for videos.
My advice is ‘You can never follow enough links.’ Keep clicking on stuff and you’ll find the diamonds amid the mud.
Thank you James, we look forward to reading your articles!
You can find out more about James at his main writing blog: http://jbovington.wordpress.com
Tumblr account http://burndownthesun.tumblr.com
and Twitter @JBov