The Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, and Professor Robert Gildea have both been longlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for non-fiction. The Provost has made the list for his new book Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, whilst Professor Gildea is longlisted for his history of the French Resistance, Fighters in the Shadows. The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on 2 November.
Professor Robert Gildea has just completed a new book about the French Resistance called Fighters in the Shadows, which he discussed with Helen Castor on BBC Radio 4's Making History programme. The interview can be listened to here.
Professor Susan (Sue) Gillingham, Fellow and Tutor in Theology, recently heard that she had been awarded the highest degree of the University – the Doctor of Divinity. Four books and ten articles have to be submitted and are judged by two or three international experts outside Oxford. The work has to ‘constitute an original contribution to the advancement of theological knowledge of such substance and distinction as to give the candidate an authoritative status in this branch of learning’. All of the work submitted demonstrated Professor Gillingham’s different approaches to studies of th
Oliver Beer (2006, Fine Art) has been announced as the winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015, which is offered to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously exhibited in Japan. He will now be invited to exhibit at the Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo, in addition to receiving a participation fee of £5000 and a period of support and introduction to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world.
On his recent trip to Australia the Provost was interviewed by journalist and broadcaster Mark Colvin on ABC Radio, about Shakespeare's relevance to the modern world. Listen to the interview and read a transcript of it here.
The final Norrington Table for 2014 has been released and we're delighted to announce that Worcester has moved up to second place. Congratulations to all of our hard-working students and academics.
The Provost's conversation with Peter Kosminsky (1976), on the subject of dramatising Tudor history, is now on YouTube and can be viewed here. The conversation took place at the British Academy on 16th April 2015.
Worcester is pleased to be the College Partner for this year's Oxford Literary Festival, which begins on Saturday 21st March. Several hundred speakers, including the Provost's wife Dr Paula Byrne, are scheduled to appear over the nine days of the festival, with a spectacular three-course Venetian Dinner due to be held in the College on Friday 27th March. Tickets for the dinner are already sold out, but to book any of the other Festival events, or to view the programme, visit the website at http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/.
On Wednesday 18th February (Ash Wednesday) the Chapel Choir will sing a Eucharist in Chapel at 6 p.m. The service will include the traditional imposition of ashes to mark the beginning of Lent. All are welcome.
Maria Djurkovic (1979) has been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for her production design work on The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This is Maria's first Oscar nomination; read an interview about her work on the film here.