James Lawless was born in Dublin and divides his time between Kildare and West Cork. His first novel Peeling Oranges was published in 2007. His book on modern poetry, Clearing The Tangled Wood: Poetry as a Way of Seeing the World, contains his own translations from Irish and Spanish. He writes book reviews for Laura Hird’s online New Review, for the Irish Times and The Stinging Fly magazine.

His story ‘Short Pants’ features in Route Offline.