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Professor Karen Harvey will discuss her book, The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder (artsatbirmingham).

Leading researchers and experts from the University of Birmingham’s College of Arts and Law are taking part in this year’s Hay Festival, in a series of online panel discussions and talks.

The speakers will cover a wide range of topics: Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall will discuss her Signing Shakespeare project in a panel discussion with actors and collaborators involved in the project, including the Royal Shakespeare Company; Professor Rebecca Gould and Dr Kayvan Tahmasebian will discuss the relationship between translation and activism; and Professor Karen Harvey will discuss her book, The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder. The talks form part of the ongoing partnership between the University of Birmingham and the Hay Festival.

Professor Hugh Adlington, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer at University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law, said: “The Hay Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for sharing our thought-leading research with a keenly engaged general audience. Our line-up this year draws on a wide variety of linguistic, historical and performative expertise from across the College of Arts and Law, and shows the different ways in which arts and humanities research helps us to see and imagine the world around us.”

Heather Salisbury, Hay Festival artist manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Birmingham on our Lunchtime Lecture series. This spring we beam our programme to the world from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in the heart of Hay-on-Wye, welcoming writers, readers, thinkers and dreamers together to join our digital party. We’ll meet this moment of challenge and change with inspiration and vision, and place our trust in the wisdom of writers and thinkers to guide us through. Join us.”

The talks will take place online via the Hay Festival website between Wednesday 26 May and Sunday 6 June, and can be accessed live for free or via paid subscription to the Hay Festival Player. Signing Shakespeare with Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall and collaborators takes place on Monday 31 May at 13:00. Translation as Activism with Professor Rebecca Gould and Dr Kayvan Tahmasebian takes place Thursday 3 June at 13:00. The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder with Professor Karen Harvey takes place Sunday 6 June at 13:00.

All talks can be found live for free on the dates above at the Hay Festival website or afterwards via paid subscription.

Further details about the University of Birmingham’s talks at Hay Festival 2021 and speaker information can be found online.

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