James Tennant

In his role as Programme Officer James manages the annual Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and is the Editor of adda; with colleagues in the Commonwealth Writers team and partner organisations he works on various cultural initiatives, events, and book projects.

Before joining the Foundation, James was Literature and Partnerships Manager at the global freedom of expression organisation PEN International, where he set up the New Voices Award and ran the Free the Word! event series, Publishers Circle, and Writers Circle. Prior to PEN he was Europe Manager for Dalkey Archive Press and before that worked as an editor and ghostwriter in Switzerland.

James is a journalist and translator and has worked as a consultant for Arts Council England, the EU’s Creative Europe programme and UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. He enjoys photography and travelling and is a Contributing Editor at The White Review, where he was formerly Poetry Editor. James studied literature, languages and cultural theory at Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Salamanca, and Cambridge.