Notes From Robin

Alas—The Papers must be put on hold

Posted by Robin Williams on November 14, 2011

I must put The Shakespeare Papers on hold until I finish my doctorate (at the end of the year in 2013). It makes me sad because I love the process of researching and creating and designing these booklets. I plan to continue them later, so please check back occasionally. Meanwhile, I will be learning ever so much more in the process of my doctorate! I am beside myself with anticipation of my research. La!

Thank you so much for your continued interest in The Shakespeare Papers, and we hope to serve you again!

Home again, home again

Posted by Robin Williams on November 28, 2010

Such a flurry of activity at The Mermaid Tavern! But it seems that’s just the way we live. I came home in September, Masters degree in hand, and go back to London in January to teach Shakespeare for three months at Brunel University. We saw a performance on Hamlet on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay while I was out there—amazing. The Shakespeare Papers continue to go out on time, however, since that’s my favorite thing to do. Even though I don’t update the web site as often as I should, we do always get the Papers out on time!

Some friends of mine have started a new tradition of reading a Shakespeare play aloud on New Years Eve! What a grand way to bring in the new year—I highly recommend it. I’m working on some small publications to help new reading groups get started. The info will probably be available as free downloads, so check back. And have a great 2011!

Catching up

Posted by Robin Williams on February 13, 2010

Wow—what a year. In September 2009 I moved to west London for a year to get a Masters in Shakespeare studies! I am so thrilled to be researching and writing and studying and taking courses and seeing LOTS of Shakespeare plays, as well as plays written by other Elizabethan/Jacobean playwrights. John has come to stay a couple of times, but most of the time he’s holding down the fort in Santa Fe and taking care of our Girl Dogs and sending illustrations over the wires. The issues have been coming out on time, nonetheless, except this one (Jan/Feb 2010) is a few weeks late because several papers and my PhD application were all due at the same time. You will still receive the issue before the end of February because it’s on the press right now. And we have some interesting plans in the works that we’re excited to be working on.

One problem with living on this university internet connection, though, is that it doesn’t allow me to access the site from which I send out the email Shakespeare Papers. So if you’ve been wondering what happened to those, we apologize! It will be August before I can send the next email blurb out.

Meanwhile, we hope you continue to enjoy your bimonthly issues of the collectible Shakespeare Papers. We just finished two full years’ worth and look forward to many more. If you have suggestions for things you’d like to see in an issue, just let us know!

The future comes apace . . .

Posted by Robin Williams on April 3, 2009

. . . said Flavius in Timon of Athens (not my favorite play, but one of my favorite lines). The January/February issue of The Shakespeare Papers was very interesting for us to put together as we discovered how often Shakespeare uses blood and tears in the same lines. There are more than 700 mentions of tears and weeping, so we have plenty to focus on in the future as well.

And the February/March issue was great fun for us to create. It highlights some of the proverbs that Shakespeare uses. Researching this issue made us more aware of just how often the playwright uses proverbs; Shakespeare apparently loved these little tidbits of wisdom! And with the current trend in graphic design having a strong focus on handmade elements, we decided to hand-letter all the proverbs in the issue to go along with their home-spun truths.

If you know anyone in the Washington D.C. area, let them know they can buy The Shakespeare Papers at the Shakespeare Theatre Company gift shop!

Back from the Shakespeare at Sea cruise!

Posted by Robin Williams on November 21, 2008

What a busy year. Although I must admit, I’ve been under the delusion for thirty years that “Next year won’t be so frantic.” Right before we left for the second Shakespeare at Sea cruise, we put the fifth issue of The Shakespeare Papers into the mail. This issue is on the correspondences, or underlying significances, of references in Macbeth. Now we’re having fun putting the final issue of 2008 together—Games & Puzzles. The issue includes a variety of types of puzzles for a variety of depths of knowledge about Shakespeare. We’re sure you’ll find several things you’ll really enjoy! Included are several parlor games to play with a group of other Shakespeare Nerds.

The holidays are upon us! “He speaks holiday,” as the Host of the Garter Inn says in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Hope yours are the best!

Back from England!

Posted by Robin Williams on July 30, 2008

I spent the month of July studying “Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains” at Merton College in Oxford, England under Lynn Robson. Oh, it was glorious. Lynn is a brilliant and eloquent educator, and I look forward to working with her on the Shakespeare at Sea cruise next May.

I saw The Merry Wives of Windsor as a groundling at the Globe, and King Lear as well. At Stratford, we saw the RSC perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and the premiere of Hamlet with David Tennant. In Oxford, we saw Much Ado About Nothing on the grounds of the old castle, but I missed As You Like It because I had tonsillitis. Dang.

When I returned a few days ago, the latest Shakespeare Paper was on my doorstep and it went out into the mail yesterday (July 29 2008). This is the issue on Rings and Things, a collection of all the mentions of rings in the plays. John provided a particularly unique design idea that we hope you’ll enjoy. We sure enjoyed creating the issue.