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Shakespeare Teachers' Conversations

Shakespeare Teachers' Conversations take place once a term at Birkbeck. They provide a space for teachers and lecturers to meet one another, discuss their methods, and share ideas and practical classroom/seminar tasks. Each meeting focuses on a particular challenge involved in teaching Shakespeare and other Renaissance drama. Short presentations (one each from a Key Stage 4-5 and a university perspective) are followed by informal discussion.

Anyone interested in teaching Shakespeare at any level is very welcome: school, sixth-form and FE teachers; GTAs and lecturers; educationalists at theatres, museums and libraries; or those who would like to find out more.

Upcoming events

  • Thursday 8th February 2018
    ‘Shakespeare’s Contemporaries: Teaching The Duchess of Malfi’ with Sonia Massai (KCL) and Megan Murray-Pepper (North London Collegiate School)
    When? 6pm-7:20pm
    Where? Room 404, 30 Russell Square

  • Thursday 17th May 2018
    ‘Decolonising Shakespeare’

Previous events

  • 7 December 2017: ‘Teaching Macbeth’ with Lilla Gridlay (Sutton Valence School’ and Lucy Munro (KCL).
  • 16 May 2017: ‘Political Shakespeare in the Classroom’ with Tom Barnes (Kingsmead School) and Catherine Belsey (Swansea University).
  • 17 January 2017: ‘Shakespeare and the Digital Classroom’ with Paul Larochelle (South Hampstead High School) and Sarah Lewis (KCL).
  • 11 October 2016: ‘Working with Shakespeare’s Language’ with Gillian Woods (Birkbeck) and Sarah Nelson (Portland Place School)
  • 17 May 2016: ‘Shakespeare in Action’ with Emma Whipday (UCL) Martin White (Bristol University).
  • 15 May 2015: ‘Interpreting Shakespeare through Performance’ with Paul Larochelle (South Hampstead High School) and Emma Smith (Oxford University).
  • 18 March 2015: Meeting to talk about using critical sources. Lilla Grindlay (Sutton Valence School) and Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent) started the conversation by exploring examples of how they have engaged students with critical material on Shakespeare.
  • 30 October 2014: Meeting to talk about teaching Shakespeare and his historical context. Hannah Crawforth (King's College London) and Jackie Watson (Oxford Spires Academy) started the conversation by presenting examples of how they have tackled this topic.

Related links

Academic profile: Gillian Woods