National Poetry Competition call for entries

Monday 18 June 2012
The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. The judges this year are Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird. The prizes are: £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third. The deadline is 31 October. Enter online or download an entry form at

Middleton and Shakespeare

Friday 8 June 2012
This week's edition of the TLS features a letter from Professor Sir Brian Vickers writing in response to Maguire and Smith, in the issue dated 8 June 2012.  Read Sir Brian's response [pdf, 128kb] Macbeth Not Adapted by Middleton

Professor Robert Patten: Dickens and "Boz"

Thursday 24 May 2012
Professor Robert Patten's new book Charles Dickens and "Boz": The Birth of the Industrial-Age Author has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. Copies are available to order online from the Cambridge University Press website . 

The Shakespeare Thefts & The Shakespeare First Folios

Tuesday 22 May 2012
The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) , 18th May 2012, features a review of Eric Rasmussen's new book The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios and The Shakespeare First Folios: A descriptive Catalogue (two parts) edited by Eric Rasmussen and Anthony James West (see page 10). Dr Anthony James West is a Senior Reseach Fellow at the Institute and Eric Rasmussen is a former Visiting Research Fellow.

William St Clair on Reading the Romantics

Tuesday 8 May 2012
Read an interview with William St Clair on the history of reading in the Romantic period of English literature. This has been published by The Browser as part of their FiveBook series. Read full interview

All’s Well that Ends Well: an attribution refuted

Friday 4 May 2012
Professor Sir Brian Vickers and Dr Marcus Dahl respond to claims that All's Well that Ends Well  was co-authored by Thomas Middleton.  Three weeks ago the Times Literary Supplement published an article by two Shakespearean scholars in Oxford arguing that All’s Well That Ends Well was the work of two hands, William Shakespeare and his contemporary, Thomas Middleton.

T.S. Eliot International Summer School

Thursday 3 May 2012
The new deadline for bursary applications to attend the T.S. Eliot International Summer School (7-15 July 2012) is 30 May.  Details about the programme , which includes excursions to Little Gidding, Burnt Norton and East Coker, and information on how to apply may be found on the website .  This year's Summer School will be opened by the Irish poet Paul Muldoon.

Consultation on improving the potential of the English Short Title Catalogue as a resource for research

Friday 20 April 2012
In response to the public request for comments on the current proposals to improve the usefulness of ESTC, William St Clair has written to suggest that they do not go far enough. Mr Brian Geiger Center for Bibliographical Studies & Research 
University of California, Riverside 
Highlander Hall, Building B, Room 114
Riverside, California 92507 
USA 17 April 2012 Dear Mr Geiger Improving the research potential of ESTC: consultation: A modest suggestion by William St Clair

School of Advanced Study Graduation Ceremony 2011

Wednesday 18 April 2012
The December 2011 SAS Graduation ceremony video is now available to view at the following link: