James Iles is a Midlands-based journalist, writer and social media manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the media.

James began his career as a trainee reporter with the Bromsgrove Standard newspaper in 1997, was chief reporter by 1999, and went on to become launch editor of the Worcester Standard in 2000.

After a spell as a sub-editor with The Birmingham Post in 2002/3, he returned to the Worcester Standard as editor and a group sub-editor.

He is now group production editor and features editor for a regional newspaper group, and has just published his first book “Talking About Pop Music: An A to Z of Hit Artists”.

In his spare time, James also hosts a Facebook page for Pet Shop Boys music fans, which has more than 6,200 members from all over the world.

James with his debut book. Picture by Marcus Mingins
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