Friendly Bombs, a new play about John Betjeman by UEA alumnus Christopher James, opens at the Maddermarket theatre in Norwich this evening. Chris (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 1997 and was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, when he also won the Bridport Prize for Poetry. His debut collection of poetry The Invention of Butterfly was published in 2006 and in 2008 he was the winner of the National Poetry Competition. He has since published three other poetry collections and two novels about Sherlock Holmes. Christopher works in London as head of corporate communications for the Scouts Association and will publish a new collection of poetry, The Penguin Diaries, next year.