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Chris Laoutaris

Dr Chris Laoutaris is a biographer, historian and lecturer at The Shakespeare Institute in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon. His most recent book, Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe (Pegasus/Penguin), was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize for Biography, was Observer Book of the Year, Telegraph Book of the Year, one of the New York Post’s ‘Must-Read Books’, one of the Daily Telegraph’s top ten history holiday reads, and made it into the Bookseller’s top ten most reviewed books for the season of its release. Laoutaris recently signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins in the United Kingdom, whose William Collins imprint scored the rights in competition with several other major commercial publishers. Pegasus Books secured the contract for Laoutaris’ next two books in North America.

Dr Laoutaris has written for the Financial Times, Sunday Express, Times Higher Education Supplement, BBC History Magazine, BBC Shakespeare Lives, and reviewed for various academic publishers and journals. His recent media work includes BBC1’s flagship current affairs program The One Show, BBC Midlands, BBC Radio London, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Newstalk Radio Dublin, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s RIK Television, Notimex (Mexico’s largest media agency), and the BBC Shakespeare Festival. He is currently in discussions with various producers about the prospect of optioning Shakespeare and the Countess for film.

The recipient of two major Fellowships from the British Academy (Post-Doctoral Fellowship) and the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham, Birmingham Fellowship), Laoutaris received his doctorate from University College London where he was also a lecturer and Renaissance Literature Course Convenor before moving to the Shakespeare Institute. He is holder of the Morley Medal in English, the Ker Memorial Prize in English, and was shortlisted for the Eric Gregory Poetry Awards.

Laoutaris is the author of an academic monograph, Shakespearean Maternities: Crises of Conception in Early Modern England; is contributor to two of Ashgate Press’s Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama series of books and the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s First Folio; has written articles on Renaissance women, portraiture and political coteries; and has completed a study of activist female translators and historical writers for Palgrave Macmillan’s History of British Women’s Writing: 1500-1610, which won the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Collaborative Project Award.