Collections Manatomy (Burning Eye Books, 2020) James's spoken word poetry collection exploring how nature, nurture, politics and pop culture shaped his identity as a camp gay man. Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021. Signed copies can be purchased here.
‘The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Magnificent. You don’t have to have grown up gay to love and appreciate this poetry, but it will of course have a special charge, beauty and meaning for those of us who have’ Stephen Fry
"Bold, graphic and startling" Julian Clary
"Hilarious and honest, Manatomy will help you understand gay life, love and sex better. It certainly helped me..." Jonathan Harvey
“McDermott’s debut delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs” Luke Wright
“A funny, frank and filthy debut” Molly Naylor
James has received a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from Arts Council England to write his second poetry collection with mentoring from Richard Scott ('Soho', Faber and Faber, 2018).
Erased (Polari Press, August 2021) A series of erasures on found homophobic newspaper articles, speeches, legislations and biblical passages to reveal queer subtexts and to reclaim works that tried to erase gay lives. Limited edition hand bound pamphlet designed and published by Polari Press. Signed copies can be purchased here.
"Erased is brilliant and very beautiful. We love it" Gilbert and George
"McDermott changes the narrative of homophobic documents, revisits their language and moulds it into a glittery powersong of wonder and unashamedly queer joy. This new pamphlet quivers with political tension and confirms him as a vital voice of queer British poetry" Serge ♆ Neptune
"Erased is a crystallised gem of a collection. Emotive, evocative, and ingenious. McDermott has uncovered something truly special, an iridescent revision of the canon and our received wisdoms" Rick Dove
"Erased deploys erasure poetry to answer back to decades of censorship and homophobia” Caleb Parkin
"Erased is an act of reclamation and fabulous impudence” Simon Maddrell