The festival finishes with a paean to perhaps the greatest of all writers, William Shakespeare. When Robert McCrum began his recovery from a life-changing stroke, he discovered that the only words that made sense to him were snatches of Shakespeare. McCrum found the First Folio became his ‘book of life’, an endless source of inspiration through which he could embark on ‘journeys of the mind’, and see a reflection of our own disrupted times.
Published in September, Shakespearean is a rich, brilliant and superbly drawn portrait. McCrum seeks to understand Shakespeare within his historical context while also exploring the secrets of literary inspiration and examining the nature of creativity itself. Witty and insightful, he makes a passionate and deeply personal case that Shakespeare’s words and ideas are not just enduring in their relevance – they are nothing less than the eternal key to our shared humanity.
Robert McCrum will be in conversation with Andrew Billen.
Robert McCrum was born and educated in Cambridge. For nearly twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the publishers Faber & Faber, until he suffered a severe stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year Off. From 1996 to 2018 he was Literary Editor and then Associate Editor of the Observer. He is also the author of Every Third Thought (2017); Wodehouse: A Life (2004); six novels; and the co- author of the international bestseller The Story of English (1986).
Robert McCrum (photo: Karen Robinson/Observer)
- Robert McCrum will take live questions from our online audience.
- Literary events are live streamed (with the exception of James Naughtie and Joanna Trollope) and will include Q&A from the online audience.
- During the live literary events, questions may be submitted by typing them into the Q&A box on the Petworth Festival website. Viewers will still be able to watch the event while submitting questions, which will be relayed in real time to the speaker/interviewer. Please note, this may only be done while the event is live.
- If you are unable to watch the live-streamed Literary events, the recording of each Literary event will be available to view online from the following day, using a viewing token, until midnight 7 November.
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