Merrie England or Falstaff at the Bar

Merrie England or Falstaff at the Bar
With Michael Nath and Nick Groom

Thursday 21 April 2016, 7:30pm
Tap & Barrel, Pontefract
This is a FREE EVENT but numbers are limited so email us here to reserve a ticket.

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, Nick Groom and Michael Nath will discuss the cultural heritage of ‘Merrie England’ and how it affects us today, as well as Sir John Falstaff’s drinking habits. There will be clips from Orson Welles’ Falstaff film Chimes at Midnight, and BBC interviews with Welles. Michael and Nick will read from their books British Story: A Romance and The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year, and will right gladly take questions from any sober members of the audience, as well as all those who have made too free with Sir John Strawberry.


Michael Nath was brought up in South Wales and Lincolnshire. He is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. His major teaching and research interests are in Creative Writing and Modernism, as well as in Shakespearean Drama. His latest novel, British Story, was a Morning Star book of the year. His first novel, La Rochelle, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.


Nick Groom is an academic and writer. He is Professor in English at the University of Exeter and has written widely on literature, music, and contemporary art. He is the author of a dozen books and editions, including Introducing Shakespeare (2001), The Forger’s Shadow (2002), The Union Jack (2006), The Gothic (2012) and, most recently, The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year. He lives on Dartmoor with his wife, two daughters, and one cat, and keeps a flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep. When he is not writing, he can be found playing the hurdy-gurdy in local pubs.

>>Click here to read a fitting extract from British Story

>>Click here to listen to a podcast of Michael and Nick’s talk ‘The Last of Britain’ at Ilkley Literature Festival 2015.

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