New Fellows 2016

Honorary Fellows

Martin Blocksidge joined the then Executive Committee of the English Association in 1990. He has been Chair and President of the Association, Chair of the Secondary Education Committee and convenor of the Common English Forum. Martin is elected to the Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Association.


Anthony Astbury is the founder and director of the Greville Press, which is devoted to pamphlets. He has also published four collections of his own verse and edited selections and anthologies of verse

Dr Pamela Bickley of The Godolphin and Latymer School, London, is a long standing member of the Board of Trustees and Secondary Education Committee and a former chair of the Fellowship committee

Jon Biddle teaches at Moorlands Primary Academy, Norfolk, and has made an outstanding contribution to the development of children's literacy, notably through his work for the Patron of Reading initiative.

Marilyn Brocklehurst established the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre over 30 years ago. She is an advocate for reading and children’s literature and has contributed to the Association’s valuable work on children’s literature

Professor Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading, has been a major figure in Holocaust literary studies and in the ‘New Jewish Cultural History’ which has challenged and transformed thought about the representation of Jews and Judaism.

Maggie Gee is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and is the author of 12 books. She was the first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, where she currently holds the position of Vice President.

Daniel Hahn is the author of a number of works of non-fiction including a new edition of the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. A former chair of the Translators Association and national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, he is currently chair of the Society of Authors.

Professor Gail Marshall is Director of the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester. She is a member of the Executive Committee of University English and is co-Chair of the EA/UE conference scheduled for 2017.

Dr William Marx, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, has made a substantial contribution to the field of Middle English Studies and is general editor of Middle English Texts.

Professor Gordon McMullan is director of the London Shakespeare Centre at King's College, London. He is academic director, Shakespeare400 and general textual editor of the new Norton Shakespeare 3E and a general editor of Arden Early Modern Drama.

Professor Cathy Shrank is Professor of Tudor and Renaissance Literature at the University of Sheffield and is at the forefront of scholarship concerned with the retrieval of neglected sixteenth-century writing.

Corresponding Fellows

Professor David Chandler, Doshisha University, Japan, has published around 80 essays in a wide range of scholarly journals and books. He is a trustee of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation.

Professor Steve Clark, University of Tokyo, is a senior figure in the study of British Romanticism internationally.

Professor Tristanne Connolly is Chair of English at St Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has organized international conferences and symposia, taught in the UK, USA and Canada and lectured on Canadian culture at universities in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Professor James Shapiro is a Governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, on the Board of Directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University.

Professor Songlin Wang, Ningbo University, China, taught English and American Literature at Jiangxi Normal University for 20 years before moving to Ningbo University. He is currently vice general secretary of the International association for Ethical Literary Criticism and a member of the China Association of Foreign Literatures.

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