We’re pleased to announce…

This year’s John Edward Kerry Prize was awarded to Amy Bowles for her work on Ralph Crane’s transcripts of Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chesse. Amy is a student on the MA in Early Modern Studies at UCL.

Amy will receive a year’s free membership to the Society and 30 free volumes.

Find out more about the annual John Edward Kerry Prize.

News and Updates

You’re never alone with a Malone

Our Publications Catalogue is revised and up-to-date, so you can see which volumes are in stock and available to order. The Catalogue also now lists the contents of all the Collections Volumes. You can download the catalogue on the Publications page.

We welcome applicants for Fellowships and Research Grants in 2013. You’ll find more details here.

If you’re a postgraduate student currently working on any aspect of early modern English drama and using our volumes as part of your research, we welcome you to apply for the John Edward Kerry prize. You’ll find more details here.


Fellowships and Bursaries: FAQs

The Malone Society invites applications from scholars for fellowships and bursaries. If you are considering applying for one of these awards, but would like to know more, here are some Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of work does the Malone Society fund?

We fund scholarly and textual research relating to drama by English, Welsh, Scottish, or Irish dramatists prior to 1642.  Some examples of this type of research include: an edition of a dramatic text or a study of a play’s textual history; dramatic records and early performance history; the role of drama in the court, in the commercial sector, or elsewhere.

2. What’s the difference between a fellowship and a bursary?

A fellowship is a major grant, up to a total sum of £1,000. Fellowships are awarded to established academics in support of a major research project.

A bursary is an award, often of a smaller amount, made to graduate students and early career scholars in order to support immediate research needs such as travel expenses to visit libraries and archives or accessing resources such as microfilms.  A total of £1,000 may be awarded in any one year, and is often divided between several applicants.

Both fellows and bursary-holders are required to report on the work undertaken and to submit receipts for their expenditure, which is reimbursed in arrears.

3. What types of expenses will not be funded?

The Malone Society is unable to offer funding for work of a purely theoretical kind, secretarial or administrative costs, or publication expenses.

4. Do I need to be a member of the Malone Society to apply?

No. (But if you’d like to become a member you can find out how here)

5. Are there other restrictions about who can apply?

We welcome applications from scholars and students of any age or nationality. If the applicant is currently registered in a research degree a letter of support from their academic supervisor should accompany their application.

6. How can I apply?

Download and complete the application for that you will find here.

Your application should describe your proposed research in detail, and should be carefully costed.  You will be asked to provide statements of support from two referees who are familiar with your research.

Completed applications should be sent to the Chairman of the Fellowships and Bursaries Sub-Committee (Dr Martin Wiggins) by 30 November, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified in Spring 2013.

John Edward Kerry Prize

In honour of John Edward Kerry (1924-2008), the Malone Society offers an annual prize of 30 volumes to a deserving graduate student.

The recipient for 2010 was Matthew Kubus, PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute.

The competition for 2011 is now closed, and the winners will be announced very soon! Also, check back for details about the 2012 competition.



John left school at 16 to work in a London bank. He passed his bankers exams easily, but much more importantly for his career he became fascinated by the theatre, going to every production of note on at that time in London.

Trained as a radio mechanic when he joined up in 1942, he served with the Fleet Air Arm in India. On demob he decided on an academic career and embarked on an honours degree at King’s College where he got a 1 st in 1950, one of only three at King’s that year to do so in English.

He couldn’t afford to accept the Inglis studentship King’s offered him (value £85 – 100 in exchange for 3 or 4 hours tutoring each week) but went on to teach in London grammar schools, eventually as Head of English and Deputy Head, with a special interest in drama productions. Taking a sideways step in 1966 he became a BBC producer, School Broadcasting (Radio) and had the chance of working closely with contemporary writers such as Ray Jenkins, Norman MacCaig, Maureen Duffy and Ted Hughes, whose verse play “Orpheus” won the prestigious international Japan prize as the best radio or TV broadcast for schools in 1970.

In 1972 John was appointed by Sir John Wolfenden to set up for the first time Education Services at the British Museum. Among other things he inaugurated films and slide shows as a regular feature within the public lecture programmes, and developed publications for teachers to make better use of the galleries on study visits, usually within the 16-19 age group.

Another sideways step led to his appointment as Education Officer for the Trident Trust, bringing together the resources of industry, LEAs and voluntary organisations to help teachers to prepare 15-19 year olds for adult life, particularly in what is now known as the Gap Year.

In his retirement he gave his time generously to CRUSE bereavement care, the local Talking Newspaper for the Blind and young people with learning difficulties. A much loved friend, father and grandfather, he died in 2008 aged 84.