Speakers


David Colclough is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is the editor of John Donne’s Professional Lives (2003), and the author of Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England (2005). He edited The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, Volume III: Sermons Preached at the Court of Charles I (2013) and is Deputy General Editor for the series. He is currently preparing another volume in that edition, of Donne’s sermons preached at St Paul’s Cathedral, 1628-1630.

Mary Morrissey is Associate Professor at the University of Reading. Her primary research subject is Reformation literature, particularly from London. She is particularly interested in Paul’s Cross, the most important public pulpit in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. She retains an interest in early modern women writers, with a particular focus on women writers’ use of theological arguments. She is the author of Politics and the Paul’s Cross Sermons, 1558-1642 (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Simon Healy has worked for the History of Parliament Trust since 1990. In 2010 he published 243 articles on MPs and constituencies from the House of Commons 1604-29, now available open source at the History of Parliament website. Since then he has been working on peers and bishops who sat in the House of Lords in the same period – another 80 articles will be published in 2018. In his spare time he has published articles on Crown finances, Catholic recusancy and legal history, and he recently completed a PhD (London, 2015) on Crown revenues and the political culture of early Stuart England.

Mary Ann Lund is a lecturer at the University of Leicester. She has special interests in prose writing, religion, and medicine in the English Renaissance.  Her current research examines the experience of illness in seventeenth-century literature, in authors including John Donne and George Herbert. Her major research project is editing Vol 12 and Vol 13 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (general editor Peter McCullough). She is also currently engaged in research on Richard III in literature and history. She is interested in how Richard’s scoliosis was perceived and treated, and in how his posthumous reputation developed. Her article in Medical Humanities explores this topic. She is also part of the Grey Friars Research Team, contributors towards the book The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered (Wiley, 2015). Dr Lund is currently an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow (2015-17).

Rory McTurk is Professor Emeritus of Icelandic Studies at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Studies in Ragnars saga loðbrókar and its major Scandinavian analogues (1991) and of Chaucer and the Norse and Celtic worlds (2005). He is the editor of the Blackwell Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture (2005) and has published numerous articles on the interrelations of English, Irish, and Icelandic literature, ancient and modern.

Sarah Dustagheer is a lecturer in early modern literature at the University of Kent. Her book Shakespeare’s Two Playhouses: Repertory and Theatre Space at the Globe and Blackfriars, 1599-1613 is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. She is the co-author of Shakespeare in London (Arden Shakespeare, 2014) and is co-editor of Stage Directions and Shakespearean Theatre, forthcoming from Arden Shakespeare. Sarah has published essays on early modern playwriting, performance and theatre space and contemporary Shakespearean performance in Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Literature Compass, Cahiers Élisabéthains and Shakespeare Bulletin.

Will Tosh is Lecturer and Research Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe. He led the Indoor Performance Practice Project (2014-16), which examined playing in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and coordinates Globe Education’s on-going Research in Action series of public workshops in the indoor theatre. Educated at Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London, Will’s doctoral thesis examined the friendship networks of the Elizabethan spy Anthony Bacon. He is the author of Male Friendship and Testimonies of Love in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Playing Indoors: Staging Early Modern Drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Bloomsbury, under contract). Prior to his career as an academic, Will trained and worked as an actor.

Victor Houliston is Professor of English at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is an authority on the leading early English Jesuit author and activist Robert Persons.  The first volume of his edition of Persons’s correspondence is scheduled to be published in 2017.

Daniel Starza Smith is a lecturer in early modern English literature at King’s College London. His research includes work on the library catalogues of the first and second Viscounts Conway, and of Henry King, Bishop of Chichester; he has recently been working on John Donne’s satirical book-list, the Courtier’s Library. He is the author of John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century (OUP, 2014) – winner of the University English Book Prize 2016. His upcoming articles include:  ‘Sir Edward Conway’s library catalogue of 1610: “such bookes as were brought from Briell And left at Raggely”’, for Private Libraries in Renaissance England, vol. 9, R.J. Fehrenbach (gen. ed.) and Joseph L. Black (ed.) (ACMRS, forthcoming 2017) and, with Joe Black, ‘Edward, first Viscount Conway’s library catalogue of 1631: “Catalogue of bookes found in the house att St Martines & to be sent to Ireland”’, for Private Libraries in Renaissance England, vol. 10, R.J. Fehrenbach (gen. ed.) and Joseph L. Black (ed.) (ACMRS, forthcoming).

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