Just got home from Peacejam!

First priority? Making up for all the cat pictures I would have been reblogging over the weekend.

I think this should make up for everything.

Seriously though, this weekend was amazing. I feel like I just swam through a big pool of love, inspiration, and encouragement the entire weekend. I can’t wait to go back next year. :)


“Can it or can it not be? Can fate have brought me to her so strangely only for me to die?… Is it possible that the truth of life has been revealed to me only to show me that I have spent my life in falsity? I love her more than anything in the world! But what am I to do if I love her?” - Andrei Bolkonsky in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace

James Norton as Andrei Bolkonsky


Radiotimes, 27 February - 4 March 2016

Why James Norton Makes the Perfect…
Interviews by Ellie Austin

by James Runcie, Author of the Grantchester Mysteries
As the Rev Sidney Chambers is loosely based on my father [who was Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie], I was picky about who played him. I wanted someone good-looking, compassionate, with a sense of humour and who knows about religion. Demanding, I know.
I was very keen on James - mainly because of his looks. It’s important Sidney is Anglican, so he can get married. I wanted there to be love and sexual tension in the series, but I didn’t realise quite how sexy James would make him!
It helps that James studied theology. When he’s faced with crime, he’s very good at being lovingly disappointed. My father used to say, “You must hate the sin but love the sinners.” James really captures that, but he’s good at anger, too.

by Sally Wainwright, creator of Happy Valley
I first saw James on stage playing Stanhope in [RC Sherriff’s First World War play] Journey’s End.
He had fabulous presence and I noted his name.
Then he auditioned for Happy Valley. We had about 25 people audition to play Tommy Lee Royce, but the majority of them wore Tommy’s evilness on their sleeve. James did a very subdued, vulnerable performance. It was incredibly subtle and clever.
After we cast him, James spent a lot of time with a psychotherapist thinking about what makes someone act as extremely as Tommy does. James is a thinker. It’s not enough for him to accept that Tommy is evil. He wants to know why. He loves talking things through to get his performance spot on - and it shows.

by Andrew Davies, adapter of War and Peace
James is soulful, intelligent and very nice. And in a way that’s a problem for him. Prince Andrei in War and Peace isn’t very nice to lots of people - including his wife. Director Tom Harper spent a lot of time telling James not to smile. The fact that he succeeded shows what a bloody good actor he is.
I wrote the Winter Palace ballroom scene to be impossibly romantic and I hoped the audience was going to fall in love with James. He said that I set him up as a heart-throb before the series started by comparing his character to Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice - but all I meant was that Prince Andrei was standoffish and haughty.
I didn’t mean James was going to make women across the country swoon. But of course he did!

Okay... a tad upset.

I understand the way you come to the conclusion that peacejam doesn’t count for hours if we just attend meetings, but we DO stuff for the community. I wish you wouldn’t compare that with attending a basketball game. Peacejam is involved with the community, and peacejam is making a change within our school, and eventually in the bigger picture of our nation, and then the world. I hope you understand that making change within yourself is the beginning of making a global change. We need help spreading that, and if you continue to cut down peacejam, how can it thrive? How are we supposed to grow towards positivity when we are being blocked by people on our very own level? There needs to be a greater understanding of peace and change in our community. I only hope this is not the attitude that will be spread in our generation’s future. We need to think positive to make a positive impact on the greater community. Let’s work together.

I will be meeting this incredible woman today and will be spending the weekend with her. Her name is Shirin Ebadi and she was the first female judge in Iran until Muslim religious extremist came into power and told her she could only serve as a secretary in the same court she had presided over. She did not take it very well and fought back…and she has been for years. The Iranian government and several others have threatened her life and she has been exiled from her country. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her commitment to women’s and children's rights and their roles as leaders. 

My weekend is going to be so amazing.