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Professor Ewan Fernie, University of Birmingham

Fernie’s Freetown Film!

Following on from the recent account of Ewan Fernie’s inaugural lecture, you might like to know that you can watch a recording of it made available by the University of Birmingham by clicking here. Yesterday’s post has also been updated and now includes the link to the film.

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Professor Ewan Fernie, University of Birmingham

Freedom, Freetown and Fernie’s Fiery Feast

You do not expect a critic of Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard and other geniuses of human depth and intellect to be as good as Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky or Kierkegaard. Fair enough. But not when the critic’s name is Ewan Fernie. I had never before heard the author of what I consider to be one of […]

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Sonnet for Advent 13: Sonnet 81

Sonnet 81 itself is an epitaph and a monument in two ways. First, through the ‘gentle verse’ itself as written and printed, and as it will be read by future readers. Second, and even more powerfully, this verse-memorial comes to life whenever this sonnet is spoken aloud. The addressee – and, please note, there’s no […]

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Shakespeare is not dead

When the amazing news, covered on this blog, came through that the remains of Richard III had been found in a Leicester car park, I shouted it upstairs to my daughter before driving off to work.  She thought King Richard had been found alive.  I instantly imagined him in a fluorescent jacket, working for NCP, […]

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New Shakespeares

Two years ago I was approached by our colleagues and friends at The Shakespeare Institute: would The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust be interested in collaborating on a new MA Programme on Shakespeare and Creativity? I was more than interested. The idea resonated through years of my seeing and knowing that Shakespeare is a tremendous source of […]

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Redcrosse

A New St George!

You might remember my previous blog of some weeks ago when I looked forward to the performance of a new poetic liturgy for England and St George. Well, on the evening of Saturday the 17th of November, The Royal Shakespeare Company performed Redcrosse in magnificent Coventry Cathedral for the Cathedral’s 50th birthday. I wrote Redcrosse […]

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Redcrosse

England and St George!

On the evening of the 17th of November this year, the RSC will perform Redcrosse in Coventry Cathedral. Partly an original arts event, partly a groundbreaking religious service, Redcrosse evolves out of a project I led to evolve a new questing liturgy for England and St George. It was inspired by one of the great […]

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Sexing Isabella and Angelo

There’s a wonderful chapter from Ewan Fernie in the recently released volume Shakespeare and I, about Angelo in Measure for Measure and the yearning to ‘sin in loving virtue,’ which Fernie feels is central to the play. But my incessant re-readings of the play – I’m researching it in relation to Wagner’s opera of it […]

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A shrew being tamed?

Shakespearience 5: We are Things among Things….

I’ve had the good fortune of being somewhat involved in the current RSC The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Lucy Bailey. In my programme note for the production, I’ve written especially about the bestial life and imagery of the play, which has come to seem to me to be epitomized by the pointy little […]

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