Stanley Wells Speaking PhotoStanley Wells is an experienced and popular speaker on Shakespeare both in the United Kingdom and overseas where he has frequently undertaken tours for the British Council and the English Speaking Union. He has given prestigious academic lectures, such as the British Academy Annual Shakespeare Lecture, the Folger Annual Shakespeare Lecture, and the Melchiori, Hilda Hulme and Inga-Stina Ewbank Memorial Lectures. He has taken part in public debates on authorship, including one at the Middle Temple and another at the Bath Theatre Royal. He has frequently spoken at literary festivals including those held at Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Winchester, Windsor, Ludlow, and Dartington. He enjoys speaking to sixth formers. He has made many radio and television appearances, speaking on for instance Kaleidoscope, Front Row, the Today Programme, and Private Passions. Earlier this year Radio 3 broadcast a 45-minute discussion between him and James Shapiro on Night Waves and he also appeared on Andrew Marr’s ‘Start the Week.’ He has taken part in television news programmes, documentaries, and discussions, recently appearing in ‘It’s Only a Theory’ on B B C Four, where he defended the theory that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare.

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