Details of all James’ upcoming talks, readings, signings and festival appearances can be found below. More dates are being added to the schedule all the time, so keep checking back to find out when he’ll be visiting your area.

If you’d like to get in touch with him about arranging future events, please use the contact form.


27 June
University of Nottingham

Viking Facts in Fiction: how much research does a historical novel need?

James will be taking part in a writers’ roundtable discussion with fellow novelists Justin Hill, Helen Hollick and Victoria Whitworth, chaired by Matt Welton, Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham.

The event, which is part of the Viking World: Diversity and Change conference, takes place in the Sir Clive Granger Building, begins at 5pm and is free to attend, but places are limited and so booking is essential.

For more information about the writers’ roundtable and the other free public events, and to book places, visit the conference website.


8 July
White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough

Launch and book signing: James will be returning to the White Horse Bookshop to celebrate the publication of his latest novel The Harrowing. The event begins at 6.30pm and all are welcome.


14 July
Heffers, Cambridge

What’s Your Poison?

Heffers’ celebrated Summer Crime Fiction party returns in 2016, and James will be one of several authors appearing. The event begins at 6.30pm and is a chance to mingle with writers and hear readings from some of their latest novels.

Tickets are £6.50 and can be purchased through Eventbrite, by calling 01223 463200 or in person at Heffers bookshop.


16 July
Waterstones, Bath

Book signing: James will be in store and available to sign copies of The Harrowing from 2pm.


30 July
Waterstones, Newbury

Book signing: James will be in store and available to sign copies of The Harrowing from 2pm.


6 August
Waterstones, Croydon

Book signing: James will be in store and available to sign copies of The Harrowing from 1pm.


3-4 September
Historical Novel Society conference, Oxford

The Historical Novel Society’s 2016 conference takes place in Oxford on 2-4 September 2016. Keynote speakers include Melvyn Bragg, Tracy Chevalier, Kate Williams and Fay Weldon.

James will be co-chairing (with fellow novelist Emma Darwin) a masterclass on points of view in historical fiction on the Saturday (3 September), and then on the Sunday (4 September) will be part of a panel discussing 1066 with fellow authors Sarah Bower, Justin Hill and Helen Hollick. On both days he will be available to sign copies of his books.

Further details are available on the HNS 2016 conference website.


24 October
Wantage Betjeman Festival

James will be speaking about 1066 and its aftermath, and why the Norman Conquest is still relevant, 950 years on. Further details to follow.


28 March 2017
Rochester Library

To coincide with the paperback release of The Harrowing, James will be returning to Medway to speak about his novels and about 1066 and its aftermath. The event begins at 7.30pm. Further details to follow.