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Prof Tony Howard - Shakespeare and the Refugees

A new film of Shakespeare's great speech opposing prejudice. Filmed in Leeds for BBAShakespeare and Prof Tony Howard.

Working with the director Peter Trifunovic, Professor Tony Howard (English Department/Warwick's Multicultural Shakespeare Project) has put together a short film which takes speeches believed to be by Shakespeare and transplants them to a pub in Leeds today. Across the centuries, it speaks powerfully about intolerance and the refugee crisis - during Refugee Week 2018.

World Refugee Day. The Strangers' Case

Please watch and Spread The Words.

This new film based on a four hundred year old speech shows fear of immigration is nothing new.

In 1517 anti-immigrant riots broke out in London. Thomas More, then a deputy Sheriff of the city, intervened.

Decades later William Shakespeare wrote a speech for the play 'Sir Thomas More', in which More defended asylum seekers - 'the strangers'.

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Thu 21 June 2018, 14:05 | Tags: Theatre Studies, Shakespeare

Laura Shanahan is prose runner-up for the World Literature Today Translation Prize

Many congratulations to Laura Shanahan, postgraduate student on the MA in Literary Translation Studies (who had been have been shortlisted for the John Dryden Translation Competition), has been chosen as the prose runner-up for the World Literature Today Translation Prize for her translation from Italian of an excerpt from Anna Maria Ortese's short story 'The Silence of Reason'. Cick here for more information.

Laura Shanahan shortlisted for the John Dryden Translation Competition

Many congratulations to Laura Shanahan, postgraduate student on the MA in Literary Translation Studies, who is one of eight people to have been shortlisted for the John Dryden Translation Competition with her translation from the Italian of Viola di Grado’s La fine delle frasi fatte [The End of the Set Phrases]. The competition received around 100 entries in total. Click here to read more about this achievement.

Professor David Morley elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature

The poet, Professor David Morley of the University of Warwick Writing Programme, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

The Fellowship is one of the highest honours for a writer. It encompasses the most distinguished authors working in the English language, including J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel, Philip Pullman, Richard Dawkins, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Richard Ford, Ian McEwan and Tom Stoppard.

Founded in 1820, The Royal Society of Literature is Britain’s national charity for the advancement of literature. It acts as a voice for the value of literature, encouraging and honouring great writers, and engaging people in appreciating literature.

Election as Fellow of the RSL is a uniquely prestigious honour, awarded by writers to writers.

New Fellows are offered the choice of signing the Society’s Roll Book with the pen of T.S. Eliot, Lord Byron or – new this year - George Eliot. In keeping with the honour being for his poetry, Morley signed with Byron’s.

A National Teaching Fellow, Professor Morley teaches on Warwick’s Writing Programme, and is a recent winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for his collection The Invisible Gift, and The Cholmondeley Award for achievement in poetry from The Society of Authors.

On receiving the RSL Fellowship, Professor Morley commented:

‘My election to The Royal Society came out of the blue. It’s a huge honour for my poetry to be recognised by other writers in this way. I’m aware I’ve got a lot of work to do, and Fellowship of the RSL is a great boost. The RSL has an excellent schools outreach programme which I’m looking forward to being involved with. I hope to encourage more students from diverse and less privileged backgrounds to study creative writing at university and become authors themselves’.

New Shakespeare exhibition featuring Warwick research opens in Stratford-upon-Avon

How do governments conduct diplomacy, negotiate trade, protect their citizens abroad, share intelligence, or respond to acts of war?

These questions, urgent today, are the subject of a new exhibition, Hear the Ambassadors: The Performance of Diplomacy in the Age of Shakespeare which opens this week in Stratford-upon-Avon. A collaboration between the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, it is based on the work of Carol Chillington Rutter, Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at Warwick.

Drawing on original research by Professor Rutter, the exhibition illustrates the performance of democracy with objects, documents and early printed books from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s internationally-designated collections, together with facsimile paintings including Fialetti’s panoramic View of Venice (courtesy of Eton College) and Carpaccio's Duck Hunting on the Lagoon (Getty Museum).

Professor Rutter, who is also a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “Hear the Ambassadors takes us into the world of Henry Wotton, who was charged with re-instating diplomatic relations between London and the Venetian Republic after a 50 year gap, just as Shakespeare was exposing audiences to the complexities of international diplomacy in plays ranging from Hamlet and Twelfth Night to Othello and Antony and Cleopatra.

“This exhibition reminds us of the on-going work that ambassadors do to 'represent the person of the Prince' abroad, to 'speak in his person' and to 'practice the healing art' of diplomacy on a mission 'whose end is peace.’”

Hear the Ambassadors will run until 3 September 2018 at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. It is part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s season 'The Peacemakers' – a programme of events to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

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Tue 05 June 2018, 13:33

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