James Runcie is a writer, director and literary curator. He is the author of The Grantchester Mysteries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Visiting Professor at Bath Spa University, and the Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4.
He was born in 1959, educated at Marlborough College, Cambridge University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He was a founder member of The Late Show, and made documentary films for the BBC for fifteen years. He then went freelance to make programmes for Channel 4 and ITV. He was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival from 2010-2013, and Head of Literature at the Southbank Centre in London from 2013-2015.
James Runcie lives in Edinburgh and London.