Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE FBA FRSL studied English at the University of Cambridge and has become a renowned biographer, critic, broadcaster and scholar, with research interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, Romanticism and theatre history.

He has written several books on Shakespeare and been nominated for, and won many literary awards including the acclaimed Hawthornden Prize for Literature, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, and the NAMI (New York) Book Award.

Jonathan is currently Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and broadcasts regularly for the BBC, writes for the Guardian, Times and Sunday Telegraph. He is also Vice-President of the British Academy, Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.