Peter Farey ( 25.04.1938 - 02.02.2020)

My friend Peter Farey died early last year. This obituary was first published in the members’ newsletter of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. I am reposting it here as an accessible tribute to a man whose loss I will always deeply feel.   Peter Farey, the leading Marlovian researcher, has died aged 81. A cautious and […]Read More »

A Curiosity in the Bodleian First Folio Shakespeare

One of the finest results of the 400th anniversary of the death of a certain man from Stratford has been the increased availability of digitised original texts connected to Shakespeare.  The Folger’s Shakespeare Documented project is a treasure trove, though in many cases one should take the write-ups with a pinch of salt.  It is […]Read More »

Guilpin's Fuscus: Sir John Davies

“Man is known by the company he keeps.” A great deal of my recent research on Christopher Marlowe has involved looking at the wider social networks of which he was a part. This can get pretty obscure by most people’s standards, but since so many amateur sleuths looking into the Shakespeare authorship question seek information with […]Read More »

Why the 'new Shakespeare portrait' is NOT Shakespeare

A great deal of fuss has been made about a supposed ‘newly discovered portrait of Shakespeare’ found on the title page engraving of sixteenth century botany book.  The editor of UK lifestyle magazine Country Life, in which the discovery was announced, declared it “The Literary Discovery of the Century”.  The story was dutifully picked up […]Read More »

Was Marlowe Faustus? Talk at Marlowe 450, Canterbury.

Wednesday 12th March 2013, 6pm Ahead of Fourth Monkey’s production of Doctor Faustus at The Marlowe Theatre at 8pm, a talk on the extent to which Marlowe’s life and work are inter-related. We do not know exactly when Doctor Faustus was written, but Robert Greene’s 1588 allusion to Marlowe associates him, very early in his […]Read More »

33 Shakespeare Characters Wrongly Believed To Be Dead

The very belated second half round up of 2013 may have to wait.  2014 has begun with a flurry of activity around the release of the US paperback, including my first articles for the Huffington Post.  The first, 7 Brilliant Writers Who Were Overshadowed by a Contemporary was quite a hit, with over 900 social […]Read More »

SAT Conference 2013

The Shakespearean Authorship Trust’s annual conference is a one day event aimed at a general audience.  Just as last year, this year’s event at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London was a sell-out. Although many of the attendees are involved in researching the authorship question there are also those who are simply lovers of Shakespeare who […]Read More »

Shakespeare: The Evidence

On Tuesday 26th November 2013, I’ll be releasing the first chunk of Shakespeare: The Evidence, the first book on the Shakespeare authorship question to gather together all the evidence, arguments and counter-arguments for and against Shakespeare’s authorship.  It will be in the form of a (searchable, hyperlinked) e-book, available in all e-book formats, and published […]Read More »

Cheltenham Literature Festival with Charles Nicholl

Friday 4th October 2013 Cheltenham Literature Festival The Studio, Imperial Square In celebration of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013, we welcome Ros Barber to share her prizewinning verse novel The Marlowe Papers. Joining her is historian and author of The Reckoning Charles Nicholl, to discuss the treachery, conspiracies and real-life intrigue surrounding literary figures such as playwright Christopher Marlowe. 8.45pm […]Read More »

Review: Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

If the distinguished contributors to Shakespeare Beyond Doubt hope their book will place the traditional author of Shakespeare’s canon where the title claims and settle the Shakespeare authorship question for once and for all, they are likely to be disappointed. In the hands of twenty-one eminent Shakespeare scholars, the case for William Shakespeare of Stratford […]Read More »

Proving Shakespeare Webinar Transcript

‘Proving Shakespeare’ Webinar, Friday 26 April 2013, 6.30-7.30 BST. Recorded in Stratford-upon-Avon by Misfits Inc for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Speakers: Professor Stanley Wells CBE, Dr Paul Edmondson, Dr Ros Barber Also present: Melissa Leon and AJ Leon of Misfits Inc. For a printable/downloadable PDF of this transcript, click here […]Read More »

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt?

This month sees the publication of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (Cambridge University Press), edited by Professor Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmondson of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the second book published by an academic press to address the Shakespeare authorship question.   The first was Diana Price’s Shakespeare’s Unorthodox Biography (Greenwood Press, 2001), recently re-published in […]Read More »

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