James Shapiro: The Year of Lear @ Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017

James Shapiro, “The Year of Lear” @ Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017

Date: Friday 26 May, 2017
Time: 1:30pm
Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Full $30; Concession $25. Book at: https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/festival-2017/james-shapiro-the-year-of-lear

James Shapiro is one of the world’s leading experts on Shakespeare. His latest book on the great Bard, 1606: The Year of Lear was listed among the best books of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal, The Times Supplement and The Guardian. He speaks with Tom Wright about 1606: the year that produced King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. In James’ deft hands, quantities of research become a brisk and animated history, as he illuminates Shakespeare’s bursts of creativity against the backdrop of a ‘troubled national mood’.