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Remembering Dr. Catherine Silverstone

SED Catherine Silverstone

Remembering Dr. Catherine Silverstone

Dr. Catherine Silverstone, current Head of the School of English and Drama and a longstanding colleague in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London, tragically passed away on Sunday 4th October 2020 at King’s College Hospital.

SED Catherine Silverstone at a WorkshopCatherine was an esteemed scholar of contemporary queer and decolonial approaches to Shakespeare; she also published on LGBT culture more broadly, including in relation to club performance, performances of queer affirmation, "queer afterlives", and the films of Derek Jarman.

Those of us who had the pleasure to work with Catherine will have known her to be a wonderfully intelligent and intuitive thinker, a brilliant doctoral supervisor, and a generous, warm, and committed teacher.

SED Catherine Silverstone gives a lectureCatherine was a Reader in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary; she previously taught at Anglia Ruskin University. She was well loved -- and highly valued -- by colleagues and students at both universities.

We have created a space to record condolences and to share memories of Catherine to create a lasting tribute to our wonderful friend, colleague, scholar and teacher. Messages will be collated and made available on the School of English and Drama's website over the coming weeks.

If you have photos or videos of Catherine you would like to share, please send them to

Our thoughts are with her partner Julia, her family in New Zealand and her friends. We all loved and will miss Catherine more than we can ever say.

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