India, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Bath Lit Fest

    India was terrific, and many thanks indeed to the British Council, and all the wonderful actors I worked with in Kolkata and Pune.

    There’ll be videos uploaded soon of the workshops.

    Since I’ve been back, I’ve given a workshop to a terrific group of 120 students at Queen’s School in Chester, a talk to a terrific audience of the Fellows of the RSA last night at Shakespeare’s Globe, and am now gearing to give my new talk on Shakespeare: Love, Sex & Comedy at the Bath Literature Festival on the 28th February at 6.15pm.

    All this has meant the very popular London workshop, planned for the end of February, has had to be postponed. I’ve been in touch with those of you who had hoped to come, and there’ll be news of a rescheduled workshop up soon…

    New Year, New Additions

    A Happy New Year one and all!

    After the near-avalanche of Toast-related events last autumn & winter, the new year is a little quieter, as the US rights to Toast are being sold (watch this space for news on this), and a few other exciting developments slowly unfold (ditto) before the paperback of Toast appears in the summer.

    IN THE MEANTIME, there are a few new features to the site:

    ** Talks at both the Bath Literature Festival and the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival have now been confirmed. Take a stroll over to the Book Festival Dates page for more info…

    ** There is now an Excerpt of the book for your reading pleasure, so you can grab a wee taste of Toast before you buy, and a Gallery, too.

    ** I’ve also added a School Talks & Workshops page – I’ve long given workshops and talks at schools around the UK and Europe – mainly to GCSE and A-Level (indeed, such a workshop was part of Toast’s genesis). If you’re a school and would like me to come and give a talk, click here.

    ** And the Facebook Group is still flourishing, so do come and find me out…

    As for those January blues, I find a little Shakespeare always does the trick… but then I would say that… sickening, isn’t it…