Sunday, July 21, 2013

Update on Toronto Conference

by Richard Joyrich

I hope you have all marked your calendars for the upcoming Joint SOS/SF Conference being held October 17-20, 2013 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.

See the earlier post on this (June 3, 2013) for hotel and registration information or check the websites.

New details on the conference events are now available (keep checking the websites for the Shakespeare Oxford Society (www.shakespeare-oxford.com) and the Shakespeare Fellowship (www.shakespearefellowship.org) for continued updates.

The conference will include an open public debate on the Authorship Question. Roger Stritmatter and Bonner Cutting have been tapped for the Oxfordian (or at least anti-Stratfordian) side, but no one has been found yet to support the Stratford man.

There will be an opportunity to travel to the world-renowned Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario (about 2 hour bus ride from Toronto) on Friday to see The Merchant of Venice and meet with the director of the production, Antoni Cimolino (who is also the new Artistic Director for the Festival).

A showing of a new German documentary on the Authorship Question, The Naked Shakespeare (the title is sure to garner some attention) is planned and there will likely also be showings of Last Will. & Testament by Lisa and Laura Wilson and a preview of Cheryl Eagon-Donovan's Nothing is Truer Than Truth.

Speakers and topics are still being decided, but expected speakers will include Tom Regnier, Earl Showerman, Alexander Waugh, Ron Hess, Michael Egan, and Sky Gilbert.

This will be a conference that should not be missed!

New Review of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

by Richard Joyrich

As you know, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) has come out with their new book, Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, which they believe will settle this whole Authorship Question once and for all.

They couldn't be more wrong!

Tom Regnier, current President of the Shakespeare Fellowship, has written a remarkable review of this new book. His review will be published in the next issue of Shakespeare Matters (the quarterly Shakespeare Fellowship newsletter), but you can read it here.

You can believe that the discussion will continue to go on. The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition (SAC) has already published a book in response to Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, called Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? (the similarity in title is of course intentional). See previous posts on this blog for more information on this. I will just say here that the SAC book actually has the evidence and argument that the SBT's book completely lacks (despite its subtitle: Evidence, Argument, Controversy). Both books have the controversy though.