Updated: Aug 5, 2020
As the Pandemic rages on and more lockdowns seem increasingly likely the art world is adapting - as it always does - technology seems like it has some answers.
A few weeks ago I was asked to give a Shakespeare Masterclass using Zoom - in my twenty years as a Shakespeare lecturer I have never been asked to give a lecture using video conferencing. I was absolutely thrilled! Furthermore, I was asked to compare Hamlet with the Disney Musical Moana - which I found absolutely fascinating. It led me down new avenues and I enjoyed this research as much as any I have ever done. I like technology but I was a little nervous about the whole thing going wrong, but it went well: there I was talking to 15 or so drama students in Michigan on a Wednesday evening and although I would have preferred to have been in the same room as them I would not have been asked to fly to Michigan for a one hour lecture.
This made me think about my new book and my cancelled book tour - I can't fly around the globe at the moment, and honestly, as someone who cares about global warming, maybe I ought to be exploring new ways to reach new audiences. So, I spoke to my great friend, and unofficial events manager Jackie Baker, via Zoom and asked her to interview me about my book. Jackie knows my book better than I know it myself, she is also very generous and patient so of course, she said yes.
This is the first of 4 interviews. We really hope that you enjoy the interview and please feel free to ask us questions!
Amelia and Jackie
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