Katherine Scheil in Shakespeare video and podcasts

Professor working with Birmingham Shakespeare Library on outreach project
Screenshot of Professor Katherine Scheil talking in movie, head and shoulders

Professor Katherine Scheil co-wrote an article and is featured in a new video and podcasts about links between the Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library (BSML) and American Shakespeareans. Scheil is the International Champion for the "Everything to Everybody Project" to revive BSML, the first and largest Shakespeare collection in any public library in the world. When BSML co-founder George Dawson toured the US as a speaker in the late 19th century, he "cemented relationships between British and American Shakespeareans which had lasting effects on America’s cultural institutions and landscape."

The "Everything to Everybody" initiative, led by the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham City Council, aims to re-connect Birmingham’s communities with the city’s Shakespearean heritage and open up library materials to readers and scholars around the world. In February, the project received £675,200 from the UK's National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Professor Scheil is the author of She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America (Cornell University Press, 2012), along with Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and The Taste of the Town: Shakespearian Comedy and the Early Eighteenth-Century Theatre (Bucknell University Press, 2003). Most recently she co-edited Shakespeare and Biography (Berghahn Books, 2020).

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