Jonathan’s creative works include a novel, The Cure for Love; a one-man play written for Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare (available on DVD); and a volume of poems, The Shepherd’s Hut. As a student at Cambridge, Harvard and on the Edinburgh Fringe, he directed many plays. In June 2016, in celebration of Shakespeare400, he co-directed a promenade production of Twelfth Night in the gardens of Worcester College Oxford.
Jonathan is committed to public education in the humanities: he serves as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, offering free public lectures in the city of London, and delivers two free MOOCs (massive online open courses) on the FutureLearn platform: Shakespeare and his World and Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing. The latter is part of the work of the charitable foundation that he assisted Paula Byrne in bringing into being, ReLit: The Bibliotherapy Foundation. A taster for the course can be seen here. The foundation also publishes an anthology with guided reading techniques, Stressed Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind, and provides poetry and Shakespeare workshops as part of the rehabilitation process for Category B offenders at HMP Grendon.
On the rare occasions when he is not working, Jonathan plays tennis (and, very infrequently now alas, cricket), walks (in the Lake District when possible), and pursues his passions for opera, classical music, fine art, theatre and cinema.