P J Walters was born in Birmingham sometime in the mid-sixties, but has been resident in the north of England since 1995. He was in the inaugural Creative Writing class at Bath Spa University (at that time Bath College of Higher Education) in 1988 and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Bretton Hall in 1997. He was the test case for the new Creative Writing PhD programme at the University of Sheffield (2010-2015) and graduated as Doctor of Literature (Creative Writing) in 2016. For ten years (2000-2010) he was the chair of the Wear Valley Writers, based in Bishop Auckland, and has chaired and hosted numerous literary events in the north east and elsewhere, including for the Durham Book Festival and the University of Sheffield. He is a research academic in the field of narratology and specialises in the nature of narrative structure in fiction and film, as well as the cognitive processes of text production. He is the author of a number of book reviews, short stories and two novels: Contracts (Waggledance Press, 2016) and The Route (Waggledance Press, 2017).