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Karin Thomson

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

?Everything to Everybody??: A Critical History of the World?s Premier Public Shakespeare Library

Research Area

  • English Language and Literature
  • Languages and Literature


Forgotten treasures: the world's first great Shakespeare library, ed. Ewan Fernie and Tom Epps (Alcester: West Midlands History Limited, 2022)

Annotated Bibliography for Arden Research Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance, ed. Kathryn Prince and Peter Kirwan (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020)

‘‘Time out of joint’: traumatic hauntings in the Spanish Civil War films of Guillermo del Toro’, The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro, ed. John Morehead  (McFarland, 2015)

‘Professional productions of early modern drama, 1960–2010,’ Performing Early Modern Drama Today, eds. by Pascale Aebischer and Kathryn Prince (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

22 performance histories for the Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works project; published in single editions of the plays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008-2011)

Public Engagement & Impact

Heritage Ambassador for Everything to Everybody: unlocking the world's first great Shakespeare Library for all. https://everythingtoeverybody.bham.ac.uk 

Exploring the theme of 'Birmingham Made Shakespeare' fleshing out the story of the city’s relationship to Shakespeare, with a particular focus on how Shakespeare was ‘made in Birmingham’ in performance.