Dr James Halford is a creative non-fiction writer, writing teacher and literary scholar. He has particular expertise in contemporary Australian and Latin American literature, research by creative practice, and creative writing pedagogy.

James is the author of Requiem with Yellow Butterflies (UWAP 2019), a Latin America travel memoir. His creative and critical writing have been widely published in Australia and internationally. Recent critical projects have focused on Jorge Luis Borges, Gerald Murnane, J.M. Coetzee and Utopianism in nineteenth-century Australian writing. He was a judge of the Queensland Literary Awards in 2011-2012 and was the recipient of a 2016 Copyright Agency/Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship.

Current research projects include a travel book on Mexico and Australia and academic papers on comparative approaches to Southern Hemisphere literatures, especially contemporary Australian and Argentine fiction. He supervises research students undertaking practice-led projects in creative non-fiction and fiction and scholarly research on contemporary literature.