Read Smart Podcast: James Shapiro – The Winner of Winners




The latest episode of The Read Smart Podcast is dedicated to the Winner of Winners, James Shapiro, who won the 25th-anniversary award two weeks ago today with 1599: A Year In the Life of William Shakespeare. Listen to Shapiro and Iqbal discuss the literary canon, the cultural significance of Shakespeare’s plays, and the Bard’s influence on contemporary politics.

Listen now to hear all about it. The podcast is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. For more podcasts from The Baillie Gifford Prize, click here. Follow @BGPrize on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.

To hear more from James Shapiro, buy tickets for this event at Hay Festival on Wednesday 31 May to listen to him in conversation with #BGPrize25 judge, Sarah Churchwell. Buy tickets here.