27th September 2012: Access to Senate House

Wednesday 26 September 2012
Please note that access into Senate House on Thursday 27th will be restricted after 5.00pm because of a corporate event taking place elsewhere in the building.   If you are arriving after that time for our evening launch of the new critical edition please arrive via the Russell Square/eastern side of the building.  There will be no access into the building via the Malet Street/western side.

British Academy President's Medal

Thursday 19 July 2012
The British Academy has announced the award of its President’s Medal 2012 to Professor Warwick Gould FRSL, FEA, FRSA. The President’s Medals reward “signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences” and, in his case the Medal, “seeks to recognise [his] contribution to the outstanding work at the Institute of English Studies”, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The medal was announced to Fellows of the Academy at their AGM on 19 July, and will be presented at a ceremony in the Academy in November.

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