James Campbell is a comedian, storyteller & children’s author.
His work has taken him to theatres and festivals around the world with runs on Broadway, London’s West End (three runs) and the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed at festivals all over the country including Imagine Festival, Glastonbury, Latitude, Just So, Edinburgh Fringe, The Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival and many more.
He has performed his stand up for kids comedy shows at venues all across the UK, regularly performing 70+ shows a year. He leads creative writing classes for primary school children both online and in actual school buildings. Since 2000 James has visited over 2500 schools.
His hugely successful Boyface series of books are published by Hodder. A play adaptation of The Boyface was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2021.
He latest book Don't Panic We Can Save the Planet, a hands-on and hilarious guide to saving the world for kids, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2024. He is also the author of the Funny Life Of series, which includes The Funny Life Of Pets, The Funny Life Of Teachers, The Funny Life Of Sharks and The Funny Life Of Football.
James lives in Suffolk with his family and a dog called Mrs Miggins. He has an ongoing interest in sustainability and perma-culture and is doing his best to live a self-sufficient life. He is developing a television series with Briony May Williams (The Great British Bake Off) wherein he and his daughter grow produce which Briony and her daughter then cook.
In his spare time he runs the occassional ultra marathon.
"James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children, and it is still genuinely impressive to watch him hold the attention of a theatre full of six- to 11-year-olds for an hour with nothing but a microphone." - The Guardian
"A hit. Not to be missed” - Three Weeks ★★★★★
"Has achieved almost holy status among children and their parents- don't miss" - The Sunday Times
"I should have given him six stars - just too brilliant" - Sunday Herald
Twitter - @comedycampbell
Instagram - @jamescampbellauthor
Represented by: Diana Beaumont for his books
and Andy Townsend at Long Road Talent for comedy
Don't Panic, We Can Save The Planet (Bloomsbury, 2024)
The Funny Life of Football (Bloomsbury, 2022)
The Funny Life of Sharks (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Write Your Own Book (Bloomsbury, 2019)
The Funny Life of Teachers (Bloomsbury, 2019)
The Funny Life of Pets (Bloomsbury, 2018)