Say No to This?

May and June have been the busiest months of my PhD so far. In May, I attended three conferences (Culture, Costume & Dress, The Faith of William Shakespeare, and the 2017 Midlands3Cities Research Festival) and had a fair few writing deadlines to contend with. I distilled three months’ worth of research into my first PhD conference paper,…

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My Mid-Year Review

A couple of weeks ago, I completed (and passed!) my Mid-Year Review. A Mid-Year Review (sometimes known as an ‘upgrade’) is a compulsory part of my PhD programme. It takes place halfway through the first year of doctoral study, and involves submitting a sample of written work (mine had to be 5,000 words in length, plus 2,000 words…

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The Placement Diaries: Part 2

Time is flying by, and I’m already two months into my placement with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. (Here’s a post with more details about the placement as a whole, and you can read about my first month with the SBT here.) My second month has been even more exciting than the first: I’ve been spending…

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A Fresh Take on the Past: Amadeus @ the National Theatre

Amadeus is a play that’s all about storytelling. The narrative begins with an elderly Antonio Salieri addressing a ‘future audience’, claiming to have been responsible for the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rumours are heard passing through the streets of Vienna. Could his claims be true, the people ask? The action that follows is the story…

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Loving Local: My Favourite Stratford-upon-Avon Coffee Shops

Stratford-upon-Avon is a fabulous town, studded with a glorious selection of independent cafés, restaurants, and coffee shops. During my time as a student, I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops. I tend to work pretty well in these sorts of environments: there’s just enough noise and activity to make my surroundings feel interesting, but…

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The Placement Diaries: Part 1

I’m one month in and loving my placement at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I’m spending one day per week at the SBT as a Research Advocate (see this post to find out more about the placement), and it’s already proving a really exciting experience! Read on for week-by-week details of what I’ve been up to so far, and…

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Getting Started with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Last week, I started a placement with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. For one day per week over the next three months, I’ll be collaborating with the SBT as a Research Advocate. My task is to work with items featuring in the Trust’s Collections, and to think about what opportunities they pose for future research projects.…

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A 21st-Century Struggle

I’m struggling with a social media addiction. There, I said it. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is pick up my phone and check Facebook, Twitter, BBC News, and my emails. I make a cup of tea and get ready to work. Before opening Word on my laptop, I…

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Channelling those New Year Feels

I’m generally not one for New Year’s resolutions. I am, however, very much into finding ways to improve my work and lifestyle throughout the year. I enjoy reading about ways to increase productivity, and I tend to spend (too much) time browsing through Pinterest looking at things that’d make my home, wardrobe, or food more exciting. This…

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NRN Blog: Transitioning from MA to PhD

Originally posted on STR New Researchers' Network :
? For our next installment in the NRN Blog Series, we’re delighted to feature committee member Ella Hawkins! Ella is a first-year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Her research focuses on the representation of Elizabethan England in 21st century stage design for Shakespeare, and is funded by…

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