Michael Freedland says he is more of a story-teller than a lecturer. His usual style is to sit on a stool and talk. “I think it is presumptuous for me to say I am lecturing on the subjects I have chosen".
He is a journalist, broadcaster and author, his most recent work being a new biography of Judy Garland. It will be his third book in the past 18 months, following on his study of the Hollywood moguls, The Men Who Made Hollywood, which came after his assessment of McCarthyism in the film industry, Witch Hunt in Hollywood, all subjects of talks on this voyage . His other books include biographies of Al Jolson (which became the West End hit show Jolson; Olivier Award 1997), Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Leonard Bernstein and Irving Berlin. He will talk about these in his first talk, Confessions of a Serial Biographer.
He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Two. Recent series include Hollywood On Trial, Hollywood at War and the Frank Sinatra Trial and And the Bing Crosby Trial as well as the Bob Hope and Judy Garland Trials. His most recent series was the Elvis Presley Trial.. Also, he is about to start work on a joint programme with his son Jonathan for Radio Four. He has also made numerous television programmes.
He says he is essentially a journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, notably The Guardian, The Independent and The Times, for which he still writes regularly.