Angela Thirlwell read English at St. Anne’s College, Oxford and lectured in English and Theatre Studies for many years for the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London.
She has given a wide range of talks on biography and art at literary festivals, conferences, museums and galleries in England, France, Italy and the U.S.A. These include the Wallace Collection, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, the Oxford Literary Festival, the University Women’s Club, King’s College London, Words by the Water in Keswick, Burgh House and Kenwood House in Hampstead, Hofstra University USA, and King’s Place London for a recent Guardian Masterclass on Biography.
She’s been the external examiner at the University of Buckingham on its highly regarded M.A. course in Biography which regularly draws on her Folio Anthology of Autobiography.
Angela appeared in a Culture Show Special on BBC2 about the modernist writer, Ford Madox Ford, author of Parade’s End, and grandson of the painter, Ford Madox Brown.
What’s So Complex About Shakespeare’s Immortal Rosalind?
Claire Tomalin compared Elizabeth Bennet with Shakespeare’s Rosalind when she wrote: ‘Elizabeth stands with Shakespeare’s Rosalind as one of literature’s most interesting heroines, and surpasses her by being more complex.’ (Guardian Review, 15 July 2017)
I think Rosalind is every bit as complex as Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, and in some ways more so. She even skips gender. I’ve often asked myself, what’s so complex about Shakespeare’s immortal Rosalind? The answers are richly nuanced and particularly modern, as I discuss in an article on the Signature Reads website.
Oberon Books Blog
Characters for our times – The gender bending of Rosalind and Henry V.
My excitement about Wimbledon prompts new ideas about Rosalind’s legacy.