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Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

Is Shakespeare’s work really as prescient as it seems? And can it help us in these turbulent times? For Autumn Reads Robert McCrum explores these questions and more.

Robert McCrum’s new book, Shakespearean: On Life & Language In Times of Disruption, is an enthralling exploration of Shakespeare himself and how and why he remains so central to our lives today. McCrum sets out to explore the playwright’s endless relevance in our lives. As he does so he paints a vivid and rich portrait of Shakespeare the man, his role in performing arts and the development of language as well as his enduring presence in politics, culture, identity, power, race and sexuality.

For nearly 20 years Robert McCrum was editor-in-chief of the publishers Faber & Faber, and then literary editor of the Observer from 1996 to 2008. He is now an associate editor of The Observer. He is the author of My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke, Wodehouse: A Life, six novels, and the co-author of the international bestseller, The Story of English.

'Wonderful . . . compulsively readable.’ Nicholas Hytner on Shakespearean.

This event will be chaired by Lucy Scholes

This event with Robert McCrum will be broadcast live at 6pm on Saturday 21 November via the Creative Folkestone YouTube Channel. Click here to watch the conversation.

Follow the link above to YouTube, sit back, and enjoy the conversation. If you have any questions for Robert McCrum or the host you can add it into the chat function.

Inspired by Autumn Reads? Our friends at Canterbury Christchurch University Bookshop are offering all the titles related to our festival at a discounted rate including All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison. Click here for more information.

Autumn Reads: Modern Nature is a new online festival exploring the written work of artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman. Through a programme of talks, workshops, films and more we invite you to discover the themes and ideas held within these diaries. #AutumnReads

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