The Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (BritGrad) marked its sixteenth year in 2014 as it opened on 5 June, Thursday, at the Shakespeare Institute. Every year in early summer, the Shakespeare Institute, which was formerly the home of the famous writer and Stratford enthusiast Marie Corelli, opens its doors to an international contingent of scholars, researchers, students, Shakespeare enthusiasts and guests for the BritGrad conference.
First convened in 1999, BritGrad was initiated by Peter Holland during his tenure as Director of the Shakespeare Institute. Ever since, this graduate conference has become an annual event and one of the hallmarks of the Shakespeare Institute.
The conference is organised annually by a committee of postgraduate students and is a lively, relaxed and intellectual event. From world-famous plenary speakers to delegates from nearly every continent, BritGrad is a celebration of Shakespeare and Renaissance scholarship in the heart of Shakespeare’s home town.
This year BritGrad assembled prestigious plenary speakers who covered a wide range of topics, from language through theory to textual studies and manuscript digitisation. BritGrad was honoured to host David Crystal (University of Bangor) and Hilary Crystal, Professor Tony Howard (University of Warwick), Richard Buckley OBE (University of Leicester Archaeological Services), Professor Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute), Professor Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading), Professor and Simon Palfrey (University of Oxford), Dr. Peter Kirwan (University of Nottingham), Dr. Will Sharpe (Shakespeare Institute) as well as Anna Marsland and David Rintoul from the RSC as plenary speakers at BritGrad 2014.
The highlight of BritGrad in 2014 was the Shakespeare Cake which was served in honour of the Bard’s 450 th anniversary at our closing reception on 7 June, Saturday!
Shakespeare on the edge, Simon Palfrey (Oxford)
Acting as possession: experiments in musicality and song for Lady Macbeth,
Kate Alexander (Shakespeare Institute)
Who is it that can tell me who I am?: performing the role of Lear,
Chris Gleason (Shakespeare Institute)
For more information on the conference visit: http://britgrad.wordpress.com
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