Many congratulations – Gwilym Jones’s book Shakespeare’s Storms has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award. A great achievement.
Gwilym’s book is the first comprehensive study of the storms that feature in Shakespeare’s work. Whether the apocalyptic storm of King Lear or the fleeting thunder imagery of Hamlet, the shipwrecks of the comedies or the thunderbolt of Pericles, there is an instance of storm in every one of Shakespeare’s plays. This book explains the special effects used to represent storms in the early modern playhouses, and details how those effects filter into Shakespeare’s dramatic language.
As this year’s winner, Gwilym will deliver a public lecture in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 6 October 2016, for which tickets are available at the Shakespeare’s Globe box office. The award will be presented by this year’s Sam Wanamaker Award winner and Fellow, Professor Gordon McMullan.