News & Events

News & Events

Talking Grantchester Mysteries

In 2017, James will be talking about The Grantchester Mysteries at these festivals:

17th February 2018
Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature

21st February
Barnes Literary Society


The Grantchester Mysteries

Volume 6 of The Grantchester Mysteries, Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love is out now. "As a writer unafraid to delve into the human predicament, James Runcie is pitching triumphantly above the parapet of conventional crime." Barry Turner, Daily Mail, 12 May 2017

'Grantchester' continues on ITV and will air on PBS in America from June. "An ace drama about faith, with a whodunit attached…an affecting and considerate examination of conscience, faith and doubt…a delicately woven narrative about the high price of love and desire"   Jasper Rees Daily Telegraph May 15th 2017. Thank-you to screenwriter Daisy Coulam!

Grantchester Series 3 will air in the Spring of this year on ITV and shortly afterwards on P.B.S. and internationally.


Creative writing class

James takes one creative writing class a year.

In 2018 it will be at Dartington Summer School from August 4-11.

James curates and chairs literary events

James frequently curates and chairs literary events.

In the last few years he has interviewed: Marilynne Robinson, Richard Ford, Hilary Mantel, J.K. Rowling, Orhan Pamuk, Elif Shafak, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Andrew Solomon, Alice Oswald, Philippe Sands, Nina Stibbe, Kamila Shamsie, Aminatta Forna, William McIlvanney, Martin Parr, Hisham Matar, Howard Jacobson, Mohsin Hamid and Judith Kerr.

The Grantchester Mysteries

James is currently working on a prequel to The Grantchester Mysteries. This will run from 1943 - 1951 and will feature Sidney Chambers' war-service with the Scots Guards in Italy, his first main love, his decision to become a clergyman,  and his curacy amidst the ruins of post-war Coventry. It will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2018.