James Runcie

James Runcie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of four plays and eleven novels, including The Grantchester Mysteries, currently filming its sixth series for ITV and PBS. He is also a documentary film-maker (subjects include profiles of Hilary Mantel, J.K. Rowling, J.G. Ballard, Umberto Eco, Yasar Kemal and Barbara Pym) and a literary curator who ran the London Library Festival, Words in the Square, with David Kynaston in 2016 and he regularly chairs events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival (2011-2014), Head of Literature at the South Bank Centre (2013-2016) and BBC Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Arts from 2016-2020.

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2021

The sixteenth annual BBC National Short Story Award returns to showcase the finest exponents of the form in Britain today.