The Samuel Beckett Society is sad to learn of the death of British publisher John Calder, a strong supporter of Beckett’s writing and a close personal friend. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
The Society welcomes tributes and recollections of Calder from friends, family, fans, and well-wishers, for publication in the official newsletter, The Beckett Circle. If you would like to share your own tribute, please get in touch using the form. Thank you.
Authorised Beckett biographer James Knowlson shares previously unpublished insights into Beckett’s most famous play; Michael Coffey reviews two distinctive Beckett productions in New York City; Gabriel Quigley sits down with the artistic director of Company SJ, Sarah Jane Scaife; Rhys Tranter asks Beckett scholar Paul Stewart about his decision to appear in a production of Krapp’s Last Tape; and much more
April 13th marks 112 years since the birth of Irish writer, playwright, and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett. To celebrate, we at the Samuel Beckett Society have assembled a collection of links to celebrate his life, work, and legacy. Enjoy!
The Fourth Beckett Society Conference will take place in Mexico City, on 7-10 November 2018. ‘Transdisciplinary Beckett’ is especially interested in recognising the role that radio, television, theatre, music, the arts, sciences, and technologies play in Beckett Studies.
Samuel Beckett is a precursor in the creation of transdisciplinary works. He travelled between languages [English-French-German], genres [narrative, poetry, theatre, essay], and media [radio, television, cinema]. His work has been studied and applied across different perspectives and disciplines, ranging from literature, philosophy, and media, to political sciences, music, and contemporary art practices. Carrying out a transdisciplinary approach allows us to re-conceptualize Beckett as an author who found in different technologies and electronic languages new ways to think about our present time.
Inside the latest issue: Authorised Beckett biographer James Knowlson shares previously unpublished insights into Beckett’s busy routine; Rodney Sharkey recounts his time collaborating with prison inmates on Endgame and Waiting for Godot; Hannah Simpson talks to actress Jess Thom about her recent production of Not I, where Thom reflects on how her experiences with Tourette’s syndrome inform her performance as Mouth; Jonathan Heron pays tribute to the late Rosemary Pountney with an account of the End/Lessness project; Zoe Gosling attends an innovative performance and panel centring on the late prose text, Company; and Derval Tubridy attends an evening of Beckett and contemporary art hosted by The Wallace Collection.
We are pleased to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Beckett Studies (26.1) has now been published. The issue contains a special dossier entitled ‘Post-Archival Beckett: Genre, Process, Value’, guest edited by Paul Sheehan. We attach a Table of Contents for your information.