James Knight is a widely respected storyteller whose skills stretch across many communications mediums. A best-selling author, he has written thirteen non-fiction books, including Back On Track (released in July 2019), which tells the story of youth worker, Bernie Shakeshaft, and his organisation, BackTrack, which uses working dogs and trade and agricultural programs to help disengaged adolescents step back into school and community life. James’ other books are:  

Under The Same Sky: The story of Iranian asylum seeker, Mojgan Shamsalipoor, and her refugee husband, Milad Jafari.

Henry and Banjo: The life and times of Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.

All For My Children: (Written for Sally Faulkner who was arrested with a 60 Minutes television crew in Beirut. Sally had gone to Lebanon in a bid to retrieve her two young children who’d been taken by her estranged husband).

My Life: Brett Lee: (Written for Australian cricketer, Brett Lee).

Kangaroo Dundee: (Written for Chris Barns, in conjunction with the BBC documentary series, Kangaroo Dundee, about the raising of orphan kangaroos in Alice Springs).

Spirit High: The life of Australian mountain climber, Mick Parker.

The Man From Coolibah: The life of NT cattleman, Milton Jones.

Just Doing My Job: Pen portraits of Australian Emergency Service workers.

A Theory of Moments: Travel memoir.

The Dragon’s Journey: Life of Vietnamese refugee, Duy Long Nguyen.

Mark Waugh: The biography of Australian cricketer, Mark Waugh.

Lee 2: The rise of Australian cricket brothers, Brett and Shane Lee.


After beginning his career as a cadet news journalist in radio, James has worked as a reporter/presenter/producer and commentator for all mainstream commercial TV networks in Australia. He has covered several Australian cricket tours; and worked at Olympic Games, World Cups, and numerous national sports events. He has also worked as a post producer for Australian Ninja Warrior. In 2001 he lived in India as a television consultant.


James has presented and conducted writing and storytelling workshops in schools for twenty years. He has also worked as a volunteer at community education centres in Ecuador and Ethiopia. He is currently studying his Master of Education (Literacy).

James is an avid long-distance marathon runner who has competed in twelve marathons (on three continents) and has also run a 100-kilometre ultra-marathon.


He was raised in the New South Wales country town, Gunnedah, and remains passionate about helping rural, regional, and remote people. His diverse national and international career has been filled with unique experiences; it’s the lessons from these that have helped James develop inspiring programs based around the power of stories and the positive connections they can create between people at all levels of society.