An update on my activities

If it’s been a little quiet on the podcast front, it’s because the last year has been a tremendously busy one for me. As well as getting married (I’m just back from honeymoon), here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • I¬†completed my new book, Shakespeare’s Moral Compass, which is due out on 30th September. Find it here:¬†— though your best bet is to wait for the paperback which will be much cheaper.
  • I started a monthly column for Quillette, which you can find here:
  • I visited the Mises Institute in Alabama to research my next book The Defenders of Liberty: Human Nature, Individualism and Property Rights, which will be for Palgrave. It was jolly nice at the Mises Institute, and I will also occasionally contribute pieces for their site:
  • I agreed to speak at the Battle of Ideas, 2018. This is an event which will take place in London at the Barbican on 12-14th October. I’ll be on panel about “cultural appropriation”, a concept I find absurd (
  • I hosted a seminar about Shakespeare and Morality in Belfast as part of the British Shakespeare Association’s conference:
  • I gave a paper at a special session on Stephen Greenblatt at the MLA in New York, with Professor Greenblatt himself giving a response — among other things I met the great Stanley Fish (a superb critic) and got stuck in the snow in Manhattan for a week!
  • I have been working with colleagues at the world-renowned Guildford School of Acting (GSA) to establish the Surrey Shakespeare Centre, which should provide a great climate for post-graduate students to study Shakespeare in performance and theory.

In the coming months, I hope to revamp the podcast to help promote the forthcoming Surrey Shakespeare Centre. Watch this space soon.