Dr Pauline Kiernan is a Shakespeare scholar, screenwriter and award-winning playwright, as well as a creative writing consultant, journalist and speaker. After ten years as a journalist in London she studied at the University of Oxford as a mature student, where she took a First in English and a Doctorate in Shakespeare, and went on to teach at several colleges there.

Her monograph, Shakespeare’s Theory of Drama was published to worldwide acclaim. She’s held research fellowships and lectureships at the Universities of Oxford and Reading, and was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to work with directors and actors at Shakespeare’s Globe in its first five years, her research findings published on the internet and in her book Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe. She gives lectures and talks on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama worldwide.

She took an MA in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham where she studied under the personal tutelage of Mark Ravenhill. Pauline is the author of the best-selling Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual Puns and book chapters and numerous articles in academic journals.

She’s a commissioned and optioned screenwriter and freelance screenplay consultant, a visiting tutor for Oxford University’s Creative Writing Undergraduate and MA programmes. She’s recently been commissioned to write a feature epic screenplay for an independent Hollywood producer, and her recent book is snappily entitled Screenwriting They Can’t Resist: How To Create Screenplays of Originality and Cinematic Power. Explode the Rules.