Archive for February, 2011


Healthy Reading

February 28, 2011

Details and extracts from the SCOLAR Healthy Reading Exhibition are now availble here


Shakespeare et les arts de la table

February 22, 2011

Find out more here.


Andy Mousley next MEMORI Speaker

February 21, 2011

‘Re-thinking the Human and the Human Significance of Literature:

The Wakefield Second Shepherds’ Play and King Lear

Andy Mousley (De Montfort University)

This Thurday (Feb 24th), Humanities Building, 5.15pm



John Kerrigan: Wales-Ireland Research Seminar

February 21, 2011

(Monday, 21 February) at 5.15pm in Room 2.03 in the
Humanities Building, Cardiff University

Professor John Kerrigan (Cambridge University), will be giving a lecture
entitled ”’By Ieshu’ and ‘By Crish, La’: Binding Language in Shakespeare’s
Henry V”.

This is a Wales-Ireland Research Seminar/MEMORI joint event.

More info here.


MEMORI Lecture: Tobias Döring

February 17, 2011

February 17   Tobias Döring (Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich):

‘Feasting and Forgetting: Sir Toby Belch and the Lure of Lethe’

5.15pm in the Humanities Building, room 2.03

Find out more about MEMORI lectures here.


Healthy Reading Exhibition 1590-1690

February 16, 2011

If you don’t get the chance today to view  the Healthy Reading Exhibition 1590-1690 in SCOLAR, then fear not; the plan is to resurrect the exhibition in July and August this summer.

For more information see here.


The Thirteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

February 15, 2011

26-28 May 2011

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham


We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespearean and Renaissance studies to join us in May at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon for The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.

The conference is run by students, for students, and is now in its thirteenth year. It has a reputation for providing a friendly but stimulating academic forum and attracts delegates from around the world. Delegates have the opportunity to present their research in front of an audience of peers, to attend several plenary sessions organised across the three days of the conference, and to see the RSC production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Patrick Stewart, at group-booking price. The Institute is also ideally situated for students who want to visit the beautiful and historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, to explore the world-class resources of the Shakespeare Institute Library and the Shakespeare Centre Library or to watch further exciting shows at the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre (see for the full season).

The conference will feature talks by Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute), Catherine Richardson (The University of Kent), Matthew Frost (Manchester University Press), Jacquelyn Bessell (The Shakespeare Institute) and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, who will provide First Folio and archive viewing. Jacque MacDonald will direct a performance of a court masque. Lunch will be provided on each day.

We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers of twenty minutes length (3,000 words or less). Delegates wanting to give papers must register by April 15 2011. Undergraduates in their final two years may attend the conference as auditors, as indeed may postgraduates. We encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

The website contains more information about the event and the venue, including prices and downloadable registration forms. See or email us at

Deadline for Papers: 15 April 2011

Deadline for Auditors: 10 May 2011


Healthy Reading Exhibition: 1590-1690

February 11, 2011




Exhibiting a healthy context for the first publisher’s blurb to a Shakespeare play

“Honey-tongued” Shakespeare may have been known for his “sugred sonnets”, but this exhibition places Shakespeare’s “savoured salt of wit” and the readers’ “wits’ healths” – discussed in the unique 1609  preface to Troilus and Cressida – in the context of some culinary, medical, literary and religious texts published between 1590 and 1690.

Arts and Social Studies Library

In SCOLAR, lower ground floor (until Wed Feb 16th).

Curator: Johann Gregory – with valuable assistance from Alison Harvey (Assistant Archivist) and Peter Keelan (Head of Special Collections and Archives)


Fabler Shakespeare Readers in Cardiff

February 5, 2011

Fabler Shakespeare Readers is a community arts engagement project devised and facilitated by Adam Timms.

In 2007, a small group of individuals commenced reading the complete works of Shakespeare above a cafe in Canton, Cardiff. In 2008 the group moved to Chapter arts centre, its current home, and the popularity of the group grew enormously. We regularly involved groups of around 20-30 individuals from the local community – theatre-goers, Shakespeare fans, academics, newcomers, actors, directors, writers – all are welcome! In December 2010 we will complete the first cycle of Shakespeare’s sole-authored works, with out reading of The Tempest. 2011 will see the launch of Fabler Theatre Company and our next phase of readings!”


Next reading:  Sunday, Feb 6th, 2011 , The Two Noble Kinsmen 6.30pm, Media Point, Chapter, Cardiff. (Cost: £3 on the door)

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff

For more information about Fabler projects click here.


Welsh writer premieres Shakespeare Gnome pic in Hollywood

February 5, 2011

NEW Disney 3-D flick Gnomeo and Juliet nearly didn’t make it from the pen of a Welsh writer to the screen – because a Hollywood agent had no idea what a gnome was.

The star-studded CGI movie, which stars the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the star-crossed lovers, was scripted by Newport writer John Smith and writing partner Rob Sprackling after they came up with the idea 11 years ago.

But the work was packed away after it was given the thumbs-down in LA.

Mr Smith, 47, said: “We ended up putting the script in a drawer and forgetting about it for a year.”

Then John – who wrote the football comedy Mike Bassett: England Manager starring Ricky Tomlinson – made some changes with Rob.

They posted it to a London agent who sent it to Elton John’s Rocket Pictures. Disney then snapped up the script for the $25m flick.

But there was another stumbling block. Insiders at the legendary US studio apparently felt the movie was too quirky for the mainstream.

One was quoted on saying: “We could never quite get the balance of story elements right.

“This film was supposed to be a parody of Romeo and Juliet. We wanted the audience to care about these lawn gnomes and what they were going through. And on top of that, we were being told to shoehorn in as many Elton John songs as possible.”

Elton, who has been involved in the project since at least 2003, is executive producer on the film.

“What we wound up with was something long on whimsy but really short on heart,” the source said.

“There were individual bits, characters and sequences that were great. Really fun. But the story as a whole didn’t hold together.”

So the project was shifted to Disney subsidiary Miramax – which produced Quentin Tarantino’s bullet and blood fest Pulp Fiction.

Things worked out better there.

Gnomeo and Juliet – which also stars Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and Michael Caine – premiered in Hollywood this week.

“It was amazing to see my idea being premiered to all these stars,” added Mr Smith, a former student at Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. “I am very proud.”

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