I am a biographer, historian, poet, Shakespeare scholar and Associate Professor at The Shakespeare Institute in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon. My specialisms include Shakespeare’s First Folio, the history of Shakespeare’s theatres, women’s history, Renaissance politics, the early modern body and medicine, Renaissance magic and witchcraft, and the history of death, burial and commemoration. I am the author of Shakespeare’s Book: The Intertwined Lives Behind the Fist Folio, published by HarperCollins’ William Collins imprint, which tells the story of the creation of the 1623 First Folio; a book which was Financial Times ‘Best of Summer Reads’ in the year of its release. In addition to numerous academic publications, I have published Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe (Penguin), which was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize for Biography, was an Observer Book of the Year, Telegraph Book of the Year, one of the New York Post’s ‘Must-Read Books’, and one of the Daily Telegraph’s top ten history holiday reads. I am the recipient of the Morley Medal in English, two prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowships (a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship and a Birmingham Fellowship), and my first poetry collection, Bleed and See (Broken Sleep Books), was shortlisted for the Eric Gregory Poetry Awards. I am the co-editor with Dr Paul Edmondson, Aaron Kent and Prof. Katherine Scheil of Anne-thology: Poems Re-Presenting Anne Shakespeare (Broken Sleep Books), the world’s first anthology of poems for Anne Shakespeare. My forthcoming publications include: The Devil and the Crown: Sir Robert Cecil, Queen’s Statesman and Kingmaker (HarperCollins: William Collins), and Women and Cultures of Portraiture in the British Literary Renaissance (Arden: Bloomsbury), co-edited with Dr Yasmin Arshad.
I have reviewed for numerous academic publishers and journals; written for the Financial Times, Sunday Express, Times Higher Education Supplement, BBC History Magazine, and the Times Literary Supplement, among others; and have provided historical and Shakespearean consultancy to the Royal Shakespeare Company and numerous film and documentary production companies. My media work includes BBC1’s The One Show, BBC4’s Front Row, BBC Midlands, BBC Radio London, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Newstalk Radio Dublin, RIK Television Cyprus, Notimex (Mexico’s largest media agency), a British Council/Evans Wolfe Media documentary, HistoryHit TV with Dan Snow, Not Just the Tudors with Suzannah Lipscomb, and the BBC Shakespeare Festival.
I am the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Shakespeare Beyond Borders Alliance and the Co-Founder of the EQUALityShakespeare (EQUALS) initiative.
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