Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum is a novelist, journalist, and literary editor. He was editorial director at Faber and Faber from 1979 to 1989, and then editor-in-chief from 1990 to 1996. Subsequently, he has been literary editor, then associate editor, of The Observer newspaper (-2012).

His most recent fiction includes The Psychological Moment, Jubilee, and Suspicion. His non-fiction includes My Year Off: Recovering Life after a Stroke, P.G. Wodehouse: A Life, and Every Third Thought: On Life, Death, and the Endgame.

Robert was Creative Fellow at the Centre from 2019-20, and worked on a drama relating to Beckett’s experiences during World War Two. He was inspired to undertake a number of activities from his Fellowship, including writing a play entitled Full Moon, a 2019 BBC Radio 4 documentary on Beckett’s Last Tapes (, and an article in The Observer (‘Another Side of Samuel Beckett’, The Observer, 28 July 2018:

The film of the work that Robert created from his Fellowship can be viewed below: