On June 5th James appeared at the Jarrolds Spring Literary Lunch in Cromer Norfolk. He shared a reading with Patrick Barkham author of 'Coastlines'
On June 16th James read extracts from 'Juke Box Karma' at the grave of Lucia, James Joyce's daughter, in Kingsthorpe Cemetery Northampton as part of the annual Bloomsday Celebrations. Also appearing were Peter Mulligan, Gerry Molumby and Sean Cannon of the Dubliners.
On July 29th James was guest speaker at a Thrapston and Raunds Rotary Club dinner.
On August 3rd James read at a Literary Lunch at St James Church Centre Mere Green Sutton Coldfield.
A book club in Rendlesham Suffolk chose 'Juke Box Karma' as its October selection and James visited them for a reading and discussion on November 1st.
James signed copies of 'Juke Box Karma' and 'Peacetime' at the Oundle Bookshop Northants on Saturday December 12th.
2016 has been a quieter year for events with James very busy on various film projects including a screen adaptation of 'Juke Box Karma'. He is also adapting the book as a stage show.
Meanwhile reader responses have been much appreciated:-
'Not only a hugely engaging book but also an important one. I loved its spirit of restless enquiry, its sharply drawn vignettes of place and time and those coruscating tirades against the empty trashiness of much which prevails. Those latter seemed to me to have the near-biblical cadences of a zealous old testament prophet or D.H Lawrence astride one of his favourite hobby-horses..'
Paul Ward Poet, playwright, director: Arundel Festival & Christ's Hospital School
'I thoroughly enjoyed 'Juke Box Karma' with its wide-ranging remit both autobiographical and philosophical. Provides much to discuss'
David Braine Musician/composer
'An absolute joy... the writing is hugely enjoyable and evocative'
Michael G.Davies Writer/critic/composer
On June 11th 2017 from 3.30 to 4.30 James will be appearing at the Earls Barton Literary Festival in Northamptonshire.
James Vollmar was born in Northamptonshire in 1952 and attended local grammar school and London University. He had a variety of jobs before becoming a professional writer, including clerical officer with the DHSS, petrol station cashier, van driver, courier and porter, and also spent a number of years in publishing. He began his writing career as a poet and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, anthologies and booklets. He is delighted that a representative selection of his poetry is now available in the Matador collection Peacetime .
James Vollmar's first play The Smallest Doll was produced in 1987 and his large scale community play The Kingdom of the Rose was seen in his home town of Higham Ferrers in 1995. He subsequently wrote two plays for Eastern Angles Ipswich - Crossroad Blues and The Last Laugh - and another for Forest Forge Hampshire GI Blues . His one act play Clearing the Colours was produced by Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and another Timetable was seen at the Arundel Festival.
James has worked on a number of screenplays and several short films including Conference and Second Glance directed by Stacey Swift and Bittersweet with Russian director Alexander Bakshaev. A film adaptation of his one act play Timetable is now in post-production.
Having spent some years in London and Edinburgh James now lives in Northampton with his wife June. There he enjoys reading, cinema and playing his guitars. He lives within easy reach of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, of whom he is a keen fan, and well out of reach of the British literary and theatrical establishment, of whom he isn't. Given half a chance he and his wife will escape to the Norfolk or Dorset coasts.