Postgraduate scholarship for University College Cork’s MA: Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance

UCC’s College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (CACSSS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015-2016 Excellence Scholarship (MA) scheme. One scholarship is available for the ‘Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance’ MA programme, offered by UCC’s School of English. The CACSSS Excellence Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and will cover EU tuition fees. The closing date for receipt of applications and all supporting materials is 5pm on Monday 27th April 2015.

For further details on the scholarship scheme please see:

For further information on the MA: Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance, see:

Screenings: Globe on Screen

A number of Irish cinemas are screening some of the Globe’s recent hit productions, including Antony & Cleopatra starring Eve Best, The Duchess of Malfi with Gemma Arterton, and Lucy Bailey’s acclaimed Titus Andronicus. 

The Gate cinema, Cork

The Duchess of Malfi, 6.15pm March 3rd

Titus Andronicus, 6.15pm, March 26th

Julius Caesar, 6.15pm, April 30th

Antony & Cleopatra, 6.15pm, June 4th

The Comedy of Errors, 6.15pm, June 25th

Odeon, Waterford

Titus Andronicus, April 9th

Julius Caesar, April 30th

Antony & Cleopatra, June 18th

The Comedy of Errors, July 9th

Odeon, Stillorgan

Titus Andronicus, April 9th

Julius Caesar, April 30th

Antony & Cleopatra, June 18th

The Comedy of Errors, July 9th

For full details explore the website:

Theatre: Hamlet/Midsummer Night’s Dream


After an acclaimed sell-out run of Twelfth Night at Smock Alley in 2014, PurpleCoat return to their favourite tour destination with a double helping of the Bard. Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and his greatest tragedy, Hamlet, are presented by the same ensemble in their trademark innovative style that saw Twelfth Night hailed as ‘deliciously funny’ and ‘a total success.’ Returning to Smock Alley for their first show of 2015, don’t miss ‘one of the UK’s fastest rising ensembles’ in this unique Shakespeare double-bill.

PurpleCoat are entirely self-funded, having been established back in 2008. They have played across England in Manchester, London and Stratford-Upon-Avon as parts of the World Shakespeare Festival, the International Youth Arts Festival and the 24/7 Theatre Festival, as well as establishing an acclaimed, sell-out body of work in their hometown of Liverpool.

Smock Alley Theatre, April 8th-11th

Tickets from €15, with bundle packages also available.

For more info and booking see Smock Alley website.

Welcoming a new contributor: Dr Edel Semple


We are delighted to announce that Edel Semple will be joining us as a contributor to the blog. Edel is Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at University College Cork. Her IRC-funded PhD investigated early modern representations of whoredom and she is currently working on a series of articles arising out of this research. She is also the co-editor of a collection of critical essays, Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England, published by Palgrave in 2013. A warm welcome to our Cork correspondent!

Seminar Series: Centre for Early Modern History, TCD

Upcoming talks in the Centre for Early Modern History at Trinity this term:

16 Feb

Hannah Murphy (University of Oxford), ‘How to be a Burghermeister in Sixteenth-Century Germany’.

9th Mar

Howard Louthan (University of Florida), ‘Poland and the Challenge of Multiconfessionalism in Early Modern Europe’.

12th March

Ulinka Rublack (University of Cambridge), ‘Dressing up during the Renaissance and Reformation’. Annual Centre for Early Modern History Annual Lecture. This lecture begins at 6.30 pm.

18th Mar

Dan Edelstein (Stanford), ‘On the Spirit of the Rights’. This seminar will start at 5.30pm in the Long Room Hub.

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Podcasts: Centre for Early Modern History, TCD

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The ongoing seminar series from the Centre for Early Modern History has now made some of their talks available as podcasts through Soundcloud, recorded at Trinity’s Long Room Hub.

David O’Shaughnessy (TCD), “Bit by some mad whig”: Charles Macklin, Man of the World’, available here.

Susan Flavin (TCD), ‘Consuming Elites: Diet and Nutrition in Sixteenth-Century Ireland’, available here.

More in the series available here.