Jim has been teaching at the Institute for 11 years. He is a novelist, short story writer and playwright. He is a former winner of a Hennessy Literary Award for his short stories and his novels including Making the Cut (adapted by RTE as a television series) and most recently, Serial. He is also the author of Success: How to Succeed in the Leaving Certificate English Paper 1, published by Gill & Macmillan. Jim is one of the authors of the 2014 Exam Times languages supplement , published by the Irish Times.