Here below, a schedule of my upcoming events… and further below, those past…

Do keep checking this page for updates on the talks I’ll be giving, there’ll be more added soon… alternatively subscribe to my RSS feed and let your browser do the checking for you…

If you’re interested in a Shakespeare talk, then please contact me

There are two reviews (by Libby Walkup and EssentialWriters.com) of the Bath Literature Festival 2009 talk I gave to be found at the bottom of the Reviews page…

2013

January
26thBookstock, The  Green Man, Great Portland Street

February
4thBerkhamsted School

March
9th — The Old House, Milverton
14th — Q&A with the Shakespeare Society,  Royal Holloway University of London
18th — Talk on King Lear, AIM Conference, Cambridge
27thThomas Hardye School, Dorchester

 

Recent Talks

2012

February
2nd — Schools Talk, Peterborough

March
2nd — Venus & Adonis, Bath Theatre Royal
8th — Schools Talk, Salford

May
4th — Talk to launch the British Library Original Pronunciation CD, British Library, London

June
9thHay Festival of Literature & Arts

July
9th — Teachers’ talk for OCR, London

September
19th — Talk for Surrey Performing Arts Library, Dorking

October
1st – Press Night, The Tempest, Watermill Theatre
8th – Schools Talk, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
9th – Guided Screening of MacbethThe Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in association with Digital Theatre

November
12th – Public Talk and Workshop, Manhattan, NYC, in association with The Shakespeare Forum
27th – In Conversation with Giovanni FrazzettoSoho House Berlin

December
10th-14th - Residency at Lycée International, Saint Germain-en-Laye

 

2011

January
15th — Workshop, Geneva Writer’s Group, Geneva
16th — Workshop, Geneva English Dramatic Society, Geneva

February
2nd, 6.30pmShakespeare’s Sonnets, with Don Paterson, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen, British Library
4th, 7pm — Opening Talk, Bishop’s Stortford Literature Festival
9th — Literary Supper, Warwick School
25th, 1pmShakespeare, Language and the Elizabethan Mind, British Library
26th, 10am — Romeo & Juliet Investigate Day, Bolton Octagon Theatre / University of Bolton

March
2nd — Workshop, Christelijk Lyceum, Zeist, Holland
24-31st Passion in Practice workshop, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
May
14th — Shakespeare on Toast, Society of Authors, Spring Seminar
16th-20thPassion in Practice Shakespeare acting workshop, London

July-August
Curator for the British Library’s Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation CD

September – November
Artist in Residence, University of Nevada, Reno

November
1st-22nd – Hamlet, the Contemporary World Premiere in Original Pronunciation, Nevada Repertory Company

2010

January
11th-15th — Kolkata
18th-22nd — Pune

February
5thQueen’s School, Chester
17th — Shakespeare’s Globe, specially commissioned by the Fellows of the RSA
23rd — Millfield School, Somerset
28th, 6.15pm – - Bath Literature Festival

March
1stHayesfield Girls School Bath, Sixth Form
11thDrama Centre London
15th – - Oundle Festival of Literature
25thBloomsbury Oxfam, with Owen Sheers & Anne-Marie Fyfe

April
12th, 8pmTo Hell With The Lighthouse, Peter Parker’s Rock’n'Roll Club, 4 Denmark Street, London, with David Whitehouse, Joe Stretch & Dockers MC
15th — After dinner speech, Annual conference British Psychological Society, Stratford-upon-Avon
16th — Literary lunch, Stamford Shakespeare Company

May
18th — Gdansk, Poland (home of the New Globe)
19th — Warsaw, Poland
20th — Cracow, Poland
June
8th — Uppingham School

June
17thGuildford Book Festival, Electric Theatre
22nd — JFS School, Harrow
24th — JFS School, Harrow
28th — Oundle School

July
5th, 6.30pmPrimrose Hill Library (Free Entrance)

August
12th — Closing Talk, Swanwick Writer’s Summer School

October
10th, 7.30pmLichfield Festival
11th, 1.30pmCheltenham Literature Festival
13thGlebelands School, Surrey
14th, 7pm — Wells Literature Festival

2010

November
3rd, 7pmWarwick Books, Lord Leycesters Hospital
9th — Cokethorpe School, Witney
16th, 12.30pm – Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
27th, 6pm — Book signing, Shakespeare & Co, Paris
28th, 12.15pm — Closing Plenary, TESOL Paris
29th, 4.30pm — Book signing, The Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop, Paris — Ben Crystal at The Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop

2009

March
6th, 1pm – Bath Literature Festival - see Reviews for Libby Walkup and Essentialwriters.com’s write-ups of this talk…

April
2nd, 7pm – Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
4th – Reading Group Convention, Jesus College, Oxford
8th, 1pm – Stratford-upon-Avon Bookshop

May
1st, 6.30pmStratford Literary Festival – Panel with Christopher Rush & Jonathan Bates, chaired by Paul Allen
27thInternational House, Covent Garden, London
31st, 9amHay-on-Wye Literary Festival – It may be early morning, but Toast will be served, and coffee will be provided by Cafedirect!

***Paperback of Toast publishes June 2009***

June
4th, 7pmNotting Hill Waterstones
10th, 9amBBC Radio 4, Midweek with Libby Purves
11th, 10amBBC Radio Bristol, Graham Torrington’s show, ahead of the talk at Brendan Books that evening…
11th, 7pmBrendan Books, Old Brewery Buildings, Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset – Brendan Books was shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Of The Year…
22nd, 6pmShakespeare’s Globe, Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, ‘Speaking English in Shakespearean London’ with David Crystal
25th, 7pmSchool of Life, Show and Tell with Damian Barr. Also with Laura Lockington and David Nicholls…

July
15th, 7pmWays With Words – a festival of words and ideas, Dartington Hall, Devon
25th, 12-2pm — Bookworm tent, Magic Meadow, Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

October
22nd,Well’s Festival of Literature, Wells, Somerset

2008

August
SOLD OUT: 15th, 12 noonEdinburgh International Book Festival

September
15th, 7.45pmSedbergh Festival of Books & Drama

October
12th, 4.30pmThe Independent Woodstock Literary Festival at Blenheim Palace
14th, 2pm — Shakespeare Bookshop, Stratford-upon-Avon
18th, 2pmChester Literature Festival – Storytelling Tent
18th, 7.30pmUcheldre Centre
23rd, 12.30pmGuildford Book Festival – Electric Theatre

November
11th, 2pm — English College, Tallinn, Estonia
20th — Beyond Words Festival, University College, Hampstead
24th, 7pmShakespeare & Co Bookshop, 37 Rue de la Bucherie, Paris
28thWilliam Poel Festival, National Theatre
29th, 2.30pmHay Festival Winter Weekend – click here for an interview I gave at Hay, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Wales

December
4th, 6.30pmPeak Festival of BooksCountrybookshop, Hassop Station, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire
10th, 7pmThe English Bookshop, Amsterdam