Paul Edmondson, BA, MA, PhD is Head of Research and Knowledge for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and an Honorary Fellow of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He took his first degree at the University of Durham, his two higher degrees at The Shakespeare Institute, and his degree in Theology at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. He writes and lectures internationally on literature and theatre of the renaissance period.
His publications include: Shakespeare; Twelfth Night: A Guide to the Text and its Theatrical Life; and (co-authored with Stanley Wells) Shakespeare’s Sonnets. He has co-edited Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy and The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography (with Stanley Wells, forthcoming); A Year of Shakespeare: Re-living the World Shakespeare Festival (with Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan), Shakespeare’s Creative Legacies (with Peter Holbrook, forthcoming), and Finding Shakespeare’s New Place: An Archaeological Biography (with Kevin Colls and William Mitchell, forthcoming). He is co-series editor for Palgrave Macmillan’s Shakespeare Handbooks, and co-supervisory editor of the Penguin Shakespeare (to which he contributed several introductions). His other publications include work on Shakespearian biography, Shakespeare and the Brontës, and the poetry of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. In the summer of 2014 he took part in Shakespeare On the Road (with University of Warwick and Misfit Inc.), a tour of North America across 10,000 miles and 14 Shakespeare Festivals. He is Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for SBT. In 2013 he ran the Venice marathon to commission Wendy Cope to write some Shakespeare related poems for 2016. His own poetry includes works inspired by Shakespeare. He is a priest in the Church of England, a trustee for the British Shakespeare Association, and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Teachers of Speech and Drama. His book Shakespeare: Ideas in Profile (2015) is a lively account for the general reader.
He has acted as chair of Hosking Houses Trust since 2007