Welcome to the British Shakespeare Association

The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association of teachers, researchers, theatre practitioners, writers and enthusiasts. The BSA is a registered charity and its aims are educational – ‘to promote and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his work’. Read more about us »

The Literature of the English Country House

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This free online course from the University of Sheffield may be of interest to our members. It launches on Monday 27th June (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/country-house-literature/3)   The country house has fascinated writers and readers for over 450 years, attracting...
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BSA Bulletin for June 2016

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Registration for Hull 2016 The BSA’s 2016 conference, ‘Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives’, takes place 8-11 September 2016 at the University of Hull. Registration for the conference is now open. The early bird rate (before 1 July) is £180/£90 concession,...
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‘Bardolph’s Box’ Blog – ‘It looked like TV but better’

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This is a guest blog post from Nicola Pollard, a member of the touring Bardolph’s Box production, sponsored by the BSA (http://www.uptheroadtheatre.co.uk/bardolphs-box/). Some might say there is no greater praise from a child for a performance in this day and age than ‘It...
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‘[O]ur wits are so diversely coloured’: Thoughts on the 2016 Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium at Glasgow University

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By Jessi Parrot (@messijessijumps) In the public imagination, it would seem, disability and Shakespeare are not the most obvious pairing – that is, if the recent adaptation of the London tube map to feature all of Shakespeare’s characters in place of station names is anything to...
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Can Shakespeare’s hometown produce another literary genius? Competition Winners

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This post is an update on this previous news item. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, UK, MAY 26TH 2016 Over 200 students have taken part in a competition to write a sequel to one of Shakespeare’s plays – with the winning entry revealing what happened in the years that followed the deaths of...
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Shakespeare Uncovered

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The following free resource may be of interest to BSA members. Uncover the work of William Shakespeare with Futurelearn’s Free Online Courses! Shakespeare Uncovered is FutureLearn’s collection of courses dedicated to The Bard and his work. With 2016 the 400th anniversary of...
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Sponsored Places at NATE 2016 for BSA Members

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The British Shakespeare Association has decided to sponsor attendance by two teachers of English and/or Drama at the forthcoming NATE Annual Conference which is scheduled to take place in Stratford-upon-Avon (at the Holiday Inn Hotel) on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2016....
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Applications Invited for the Positions of Treasurer and Membership Officer

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The Board of the British Shakespeare Association is looking to appoint a new leadership team from September 2016 onwards, when the current Chair, the Treasurer and the Membership Officer will all stand down. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of the BSA during the...
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The Tempest, York Shakespeare Cluster, 10th May 2016

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The following Education Network post is from Lucy Mayor, BA English in Education finalist, University of York. ‘All the world’s a stage!’ And a stage on which everyone – men, women, children and pupils alike – can meet and engage in the world of Shakespeare and...
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Review: Shakespeare Live by Discover Education (22/04/16, now archived)

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The following is a review by Chris Green, one of British Shakespeare Association’s teaching trustees; Shakespeare Live is available online here: http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/live   In the context of the recent Shakespeare anniversary, schools and colleges have...
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