Peter James scholarships
Peter James Scholarships

As a token of thanks to Brighton University for awarding me an Honorary Doctorate last year, my publishers, Pan Macmillan, decided it would be a nice gesture to fund two annual scholarships for English at the University.

Recently, Geoff Duffield, Group Sales and Marketing Director of Pan Macmillan, and I, attended a lunch to celebrate with one of the first two scholarship winners, the very delightful and extremely bright Victoria England.

Pictured from left to right are Professor Raf Salkie, Professor of Language Studies, David House, Vice-Chancellor, Geoff Duffield, Victoria England, me, and Ulla Spittler, Principal Lecture/Programme Leader in Language and Cultural Studies.

Victoria told Geoff and I that she was interested in a career in children’s publishing. As Geoff has only recently been given control of the Pan Macmillan children’s list in addition to the adult lists, this lunch might turn out to be a good career move for her!!!