Through my work as the co-ordinator of the Creative Cardiff Research Network, I helped to set up the Festivals Research Group at Cardiff University in the spring of 2016. In the autumn the group worked with Cardiff’s Sŵn Music Festival on a pilot project. The group produced a research survey of festivalgoers, interviews, case studies and a Pop-up Music Museum. This week we launched a report based on this work at an event in the School of Geography and Planning. The afternoon included contributions from researchers, festival organisers (Sŵn, Festival No. 6, and Green Gathering) and Gwilym Evans, the Head of Major Events, Welsh Government.
I wrote the introduction to this report and a section on ‘Engaging Audiences’. It’s been exciting working with this interdisciplinary research group and with industry partners, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The report is available from the Festival Research Group’s webpages.
See the storify of the launch.
Follow the group on twitter @CUFestivals
The 2016 edition of The Year’s Work in English Studies contains my review of 2014 work on Shakespeare’s tragedies. The Year’s Work has made ten years’ worth of its Shakespeare reviews available for free to celebrate #Shakespeare400.
This year is my last year as a reviewer for the journal after a 3 year stint. Reviewers often each read around 16+ books and 20+ journal articles per year. I’ve learnt so much (and read so much!), but I think it’s time for someone else to have a go.
Find out more.
My review of Pericles at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse (at Shakespeare’s Globe) has been published in the latest issue of the Ben Jonson Journal. This journal is published by Edinburgh University Press.
Link to the Ben Jonson Journal.
If you don’t have access to the journal, you can read a review of the production on the Cardiff Shakespeare blog here.
The Shakespeare’s section of The Year’s Work in English Studies has now been published online. I have contributed the Shakespeare’s Tragedies part (pp. 81-98) of this section. This Year’s Work covers work published in 2014. The stand-out monograph was Simon Palfrey’s Poor Tom: Living ‘King Lear’.
See the section here.
“The Year’s Work in English Studies is the qualitative narrative bibliographical review of scholarly work on English language and literatures written in English. It is the largest and most comprehensive work of its kind and the oldest evaluative
work of literary criticism. The Year’s Work in English Studies does not merely offer annotated or enumerated bibliography entries, but provides expert, critical commentary supplied for every book covered.”
This chapter has four sections: 1. Editions and Textual Studies; 2. Shakespeare in the Theatre; 3. Shakespeare on Screen; 4. Criticism. Section 1 is by Gabriel Egan; section 2 is by Peter J. Smith; section 3 is by Elinor Parsons; section 4(a) is by Elisabetta Tarantino; section 4(b) is by Daniel Cadman; section 4(c) is by Arun Cheta; section 4(d) is by Gavin Schwartz-Leeper; section 4(e) is by Johann Gregory; section 4(f) is by Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien; section 4(g) is by Louise Geddes.
The latest issue of Literature & History (2015; 24.2) contains my review of Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland: An Annotated Edition of the ‘Foot Voyage’ (Cambridge University Press, 2015):
The text of the foot voyage is a first-hand account of Ben Jonson’s 1618 walk from London to Edinburgh by an unknown companion. This edition also contains essays by the editors, James Loxley, Anna Groundwater and Julie Sanders.
Literature & History is now a SAGE publication:
Shakespeare and the Future of Theory, eds. François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory, convenes internationally renowned Shakespeare scholars, and scholars of the Early Modern period, and presents, discusses, and evaluates the most recent research and information concerning the future of theory in relation to Shakespeare’s corpus. Original in its aim and scope, the book argues for the critical importance of thinking Shakespeare now, and provides extensive reflections and profound insights into the dialogues between Shakespeare and Theory. Contributions explore Shakespeare through the lens of design theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, Derrida and Foucault, amongst others, and offer an innovative interdisciplinary analysis of Shakespeare’s work. This book was originally published as two special issues of English Studies.
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Norwich Cathedral and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present Twelfth Night…
If music be the food of love, play on!
This summer, on Wednesday 15 and Saturday 18 July, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to the beautiful surroundings of the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters for the Shakespeare Festival 2015.
Tickets are priced at £20 for adults and £17 for concessions (over 60s, students and under 16s) and are available online here, at the Norwich Theatre Royal box office (01603 630000) or at the Cathedral Gift Shop (01603 218323).
Find out more here:
Second Experiment (14.06.15)
In preparation for the WISE workshop on Wednesday June 17th, 2015, I am experimenting with some collating.
Collation Experiment as pdf
For this experiment I am focusing on the first twenty lines of verse from John Taylor’s travels to Prague. Visit the experiment page here:
I’ve just started collecting a few useful websites on editing as part of my early modern editing experiments project:
Please do let me know if there are others that have proved helpful!