Jim McIntyre’s stories, non-fiction and translations from Russian have won prizes and commendations in numerous competitions. Several appeared in Arena, Overland, Visible Ink, and others including the Moscow publication Ogonyek, where he worked as editor, translator, education agent, and English-overdub film narrator for Green Cross and other Russia-based environmental organisations. Nikolai the Perfect sprouted from that fertile soil.
Jim has been awarded a Varuna Writers House Residential Fellowship, and Arts Victoria and Australia Council Literature Board grants. An early version of Nikolai the Perfect was long-listed in the inaugural 2012 Griffith REVIEW Novella Project. In 2015 Nikolai the Perfect was Equal Runner-Up in the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award.
When not writing Jim is a drug and alcohol counsellor, aged carer, cricket coach, and harvest hand, amongst other things. Some parenting on the side. His next project will be a fictionalised biography of Nikolai Miklukho-Maklay, the nineteenth century Russian/Ukrainian explorer, anthropologist, linguist, campaigner against slavery, and Sydney celebrity.
Jim lives with his family in Williamstown.