Saffron Walkling

I am a senior lecturer in English Literature at York St John University in the UK (2004-present). I previously taught for a total of five years at Shandong University in the People’s Republic of China (1993-95 and 2000-2003), and have Erasmus Teaching Mobility links with Poland.  I am simultaneously working on a part-time PhD  at the University of York, focussing on non-Anglophone appropriations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the modern world.  My case studies include productions from Mainland China, Poland, the UK and Kuwait, beginning with China on the cusp of the new millennium, and I have a chapter on these in the pipeline for publication in an edited collection on Global Shakespeares. I have presented papers on intercultural Shakespeare at both national and international conferences and my review of Monika Pęcikiewicz’s Hamlet is published in Shakespeare, Volume 8, Issue 4, 2012, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, and my review, co-authored with Raphael Cormack, of APA’s Tuniasian Macbeth: Leila and Ben is published in the same journal’s Global Shakespeares Special Issue, edited by Alexa Huang.  I am also currently working on a co-authored article on Arab Shakespeare in the World Shakespeare Festival, and have an article on Lin Zhaohua’s Chinese Coriolanus appearing  in Multicultural Shakespeare. My research was cited in the successful bid for York to become a UNESCO City of Media Arts. I am participating in the inaugural York International Shakespeare Festival, convening two events on Popular Shakespeares at York St John University.

I am also a mother, writer, blogger and traveller, and there is nothing I love more than sitting in a cafe with a book or pen in hand drinking tea and eating cake. This blog is a personal record of my thoughts about how Shakespeare travels across cultural space in the contemporary world – an open academic reflective journal, if you will. Please feel free to quote me, and fully reference this blog, but be aware that it is not a peer-reviewed publication (if you are writing an essay!).

If you would like to contact me you can comment on my blog or email me at:

s.walkling@yorksj.ac.uk (work) or sjw525@york.ac.uk (research)

In Twitter land I am @WorldShax

I am also on Academia.edu

This blog is dedicated to my family.

With thanks to my supervisor, Prof Bill Sherman, and my colleagues.

(I have referenced all images to their source which I believe is permitted for non-commercial use.)

'Ophelia' (Wang Sainan), me (Saffron Walkling) and 'Horatio' (Sun Qiang), International Shakespeare Festival, Romania, 2010

‘Ophelia’ (Wang Sainan), me (Saffron Walkling) and ‘Horatio’ (Sun Qiang), International Shakespeare Festival, Romania, 2010


  1. nok said,

    mummy, whose actually gonna read this??! xx only joking it looks good xx 😛


  2. Duncan said,

    Great to have met you today at the Globe It Is This East study session! You should be able to follow this post back to my own WordPress blog.


  3. Duncan said,

    It Is THE East, duh! I was looking around for that Tahrir Square photo with the Hamlet quote and found this:



  4. Adriana Lombari-Bonefeld said,

    Saffron, this is amazing!!!!!


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