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Professor Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, a much-beloved member of the academic Shakespeare community and frequent participant at British Shakespeare Association conferences has had a severe stroke while on holiday in Peru. He is currently at a small hospital in Cusco. His partner Mark Wheeler has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Richard’s hospital fees and to bring him back home to the UK. Members of the Board have made individual donations and we share the link here for all those who may wish to help. We send Richard and Mark our love.

Christian A. Smith

The BSA is saddened to learn that Christian Smith, who was an active member of our association, passed away in his sleep on the morning of Sat., 6 Aug. 2022. He is survived by his partner, Annie Barker, in Berlin and by family members in Los Angeles. He earned his PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick, where he worked as a Teaching Fellow. He was awarded an Honorary Shakespeare Research Fellowship at Kingston University London. Most recently, Routledge published his monograph, Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx: The Shakespearean Roots of Marxism (2022). He co-edited a Karl Marx bicentennial special issue of the BSA journal, Shakespeare, and contributed the chapter, “Marxist studies,” to The Arden Research Handbook of Contemporary Shakespeare Criticism (2021, 2022). His authoritative, vigorous, and spirited presence will be dearly missed.

Celebrating the legacy of Professor Michael Hattaway: Online Event Friday 11 February 5.00 pm

The late Professor Michael Hattaway’s bequest of books to colleagues in the University of Iasi, Romania, typified both his generosity and his strong bonds with Shakespeareans in Europe. This free online event celebrates Professor Hattaway’s legacy of friendship and of books: those he wrote and those he gave to the English Department in Iasi.

For more information about the event, the list of speakers, and free registration, please visit:

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