News & Events

News & Events


In 2018, James will be talking about The Grantchester Mysteries at these festivals:

April 9th, 2019
Toppings Bookshop, Bath


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

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 decision to become a clergyman, and his curacy amidst the ruins of post-war Coventry. It is will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2019 and is called THE ROAD TO GRANTCHESTER.



Creative writing class

James takes one creative writing class a year.

In 2018 it will be at Dartington Summer School from August 4-11. He will also be Guest Speaker at The Arvon Foundation, Lumb Bank on September 26th 2019 (
He will be teaching again at Dartington in the summer of 2019.

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.


Kudos, ITV and PBS are currently shooting series 4 of “Grantchester” for broadcast next spring. Some details here.


James's new play, TAP DANCING WITH JEAN-PAUL SARTRE opens at Oran Mor Glasgow on September 10th 2019, and at The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh on September 18th 2019.