top of page


Action Movie poems by James Trevelyan
illustrated by Emma Wright
dissolve to la cover

James Trevelyan grew up in the Midlands. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. His poems have appeared in various print and online magazines, and in anthologies including Best New British & Irish Poets 2017.


His debut pamphlet of poetry DISSOLVE to: L.A. was published by the Emma Press in March 2016.

His poetry has also appeared in Little AtomsMorning Star, Cake, Prole, Aspidistra, Cadaverine, Neon, 14 Magazine, Inky Needles and Bedford Square 5. Among others he has poems anthologised in 154 (Live Canon, 2016) and Swapping a Present for a Future (Verve, 2020).

He is currently writing drama and his debut playscript has been longlisted for the Finborough Theatre's ETPEP Award 2021 & the 2022 Bruntwood Prize.


Since 2023, he has worked as the Director of small Birmingham publisher the Emma Press.

dissolve cover.jpg

What does it mean to die in a movie scene? To exist on the peripheries? James Trevelyan takes twelve cult action films of the 1980s and 90s and gives life where it was extinguished too early. Speaking in the voices of such poignantly disposable characters as Cougar (Top Gun), GIRL (Lethal Weapon) and Donald Gennaro (Jurassic Park), Trevelyan provides a humorous and heart-breaking exploration of morality, mortality and our sense of self.


With 9 black line drawings by Emma Wright.


Longlisted | Saboteur Award for Best Pamphlet 2016

Price: £5 (paperback)

Page count: 36

Publisher: The Emma Press

My Books

"A rare and delightful read that manages to invoke the joy of realising that all those hours spent in front of 80s and 90s action movies were not spent alone, or in vain."



Thank you for your message! I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Helen (Speed, 1994)
James Trevelyan | Emma Press

Helen (Speed, 1994)

bottom of page