Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate is Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford and on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is the editor of the highly acclaimed RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works (Macmillan) and the author of many books, including John Clare: A Biography (Picador), which was short-listed for seven prizes and won Britain’s two oldest literary awards, the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Professor Bate has lectured on Shakespeare throughout the world and has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and the University of California. He was made CBE in the Queen’s 80th birthday honours, for his services to literature and higher education.


Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

23rd April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. We've rounded up the most spectacular, fascinating and unusual ways to celebrate the Bard’s 400-year legacy. 

Isn’t it time you read . . . ?

Isn’t it time you read . . . ?

There are heaps of literary anniversaries coming up this year, so there’s never been a better time to pick up those classic books that have been sitting on your shelves for as long as you can remember. 

Friday poem: ‘Darkness’

Friday poem: ‘Darkness’

Next Wednesday, 22nd April, is Earth Day, an annual event to remind ourselves of the importance of protecting the world in which we live. ‘Darkness’ by Byron seemed a fitting way to mark the occasion (albeit prematurely), as relevant now as it is in 1816. 

by Lord Byron

​I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
​The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
​Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
​Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
​Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;