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John Maxwell

Liverpool Screen School

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

JP Maxwell has run a newspaper kiosk, worked for a Californian software company and studied Russian language at the University of London. Now he writes books, makes films and lectures in Creative Writing and Digital Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.

With a passion for the more scandalous aspects of history that reveal truths about modern life, Maxwell started a vlog called @outandaboutwithmaxwell across social media platforms in 2022, taking us to the ghost buildings of Liverpool to reveal their hidden, often murky stories dredged from a time when it was the richest - and the poorest - city on Earth.

July 1st 2023 saw the launch of his debut novel WATER STREET, which details Liverpool's pivotal moment in 1863 during the American Civil War and how a secret battle was won and lost on its cobbled streets.


Spanish - Latin American


2003, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Masters

Academic appointments

Visiting Lecturer, Edge Hill University, 2015 - present
Programme Leader, SAE, 2014 - present
Visiting Lecturer, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, 2013 - present
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, 2006 - present

Highlighted publications

Maxwell J. 2023. Water Street Preface BK Fiction 9781739306236 Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Maxwell J. 2023. Water Street by JP Maxwell cover Author Url

Maxwell J. 2023. Water Street Preface BK Fiction 9781739306236 Publisher Url Public Url

Maxwell JP, Grabham C. 2019. Ace of Spies 1 Babyface Books 9781793877079 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Grabham C, Maxwell JP. 2017. 23rd Century A Technoir Tale Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 9781979041454 Public Url

Maxwell JP. AVANCA | CINEMA 2015 Avanca Film Festival. Avanca, Portugal 978-989-96858-6-4 Publisher Url


Maxwell J, Young J. 2019. The Futurist Podcast Maxwell J. Author Url Publisher Url

Maxwell JP. The Be All & End All Film Author Url


2018. Damascus

Maxwell JP. 2016. Violet City Public Url

Maxwell JP. 2010. The Be All & End All Public Url

2009. Northern Cowboys

Maxwell JP. 2007. Don't Worry About Me Publisher Url Public Url

Internet publication

Maxwell JP, jackson DA. 2015. The official Website for the film VIOLET CITY, directed by JP Maxwell and Written by DA Jackson Author Url Publisher Url

Conference publication

Maxwell JP. Edge Hill University Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange jukes A. Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange Author Url Publisher Url

Maxwell JP. Violet City - Into Moving Pictures Forthcoming, C21 Brighton Writes Author Url

Maxwell JP. DIGITAL, The Quiet Revolution in Filmmaking from Script to Screen. A case study called VIOLET CITY Avanca Cinema 2015, AVANCA | CINEMA 2015 International Conference Cinema – Art, Technology, Communication :28-35 Public Url


Maxwell JP, Grabham C. 23C Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Maxwell JP. The Be All and End All Author Url

Media Coverage:

David Morrissey talks about Don't Worry About Me at the 2009 BFI Times London Film Festival

The BFI Time London Film Festival - Don't Worry About Me

Variety magazine review of The Be All and End All

The Be All and End All review - Rotten Tomatoes

David Morrissey talks to Jason Solomons on Don't Worry About Me

International, national and local coverage of Violet City film

Red carpet Premiere - Don't Worry About Me

Membership of professional bodies:




Industrial connections:

Tubedale Films, Don't Worry About Me, The Be All & End All,