Category Archives: Popular Culture

Blogging Braddon 3: ‘Dear Boss’, how many roads must an archival researcher travel?

Shock revelation from the Braddon Family Archive – Mary Braddon wrote the Ripper letters to Scotland Yard in 1888!  (So there, Patricia Cornwell with your Walter Sickert theory!) Now that I have your attention, it’s, well …  it’s not explicitly … Continue reading

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BLOGGING BRADDON: 2 Just when you think you know stuff, life is still full of surprises …

I have to admit – guiltily – that there were times when I could get slightly blasé about working on the Mary Braddon archive, now housed with the Augustine Library, at Canterbury Christ Church University. It constituted an embarrassment of … Continue reading

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Blogging Braddon: 1 The transfer of the Braddon archive to Canterbury Christ Church University

A small ink sketch by Mary Braddon (Mary Braddon Archive) It is a good feeling when something is finally achieved and the metaphorical boil is lanced, so to speak! For many years a huge and weighty cultural responsibility has been … Continue reading

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Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-first Century: a call for chapters

I am very pleased to announce that Dr Kelli R Marshall and I are collaborating on a Shakespeare publication together. This arises from our joint paper for the PCA National conference this year on the NT Lear Live event. The … Continue reading

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NT Live: King Lear from The Donmar Warehouse, London

Draft paper for PCA conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2011 – in collaboration with Dr Kelli Marshall, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. See her updates : http://kellimarshall.net/unmuzzledthoughts/shakespeare/nt-live-notes/#comment-6373 ‘Live Theatre as Cinema’ The anticipation was palpable and akin to that felt in … Continue reading

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Today’s the day: Peter Brook’s theatrical economy, ‘A Magic Flute’

Most people can have hardly failed to notice the news today about Arts Council England’s (ACE) announcement of their new portfolio of projects and support for organisations and individuals. From 849 regularly funded organisations there are now 695. This article … Continue reading

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KING LEAR LIVE An outline of the presentation and performance

NT Live: Donmar Warehouse, Convent Garden, London & Bath Little Cinema, Bath, UK 3rd February 2011   Audience anticipating a 19.00 start but the time dragged on Curtains opened and onscreen were scrolling images of the sponsor Aviva Insurance and … Continue reading

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