The Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society awarded the 2011 Oxfordian of the Year Award to De Vere Society Vice-chairman Kevin Gilvary in recognition of his work in editing Dating Shakespeare’s Plays (Parapress Ltd., 2010) — a book that reviews the documentary evidence and range of arguments for establishing a date range for Shakespeare’s plays.
The award was conferred jointly by the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society at their annual joint conference on October 16, 2011. SOS President Richard Joyrich, presented a plaque to Gilvary at the conference in the Washington Court Hotel, Washington DC.
In accepting the award, Gilvary paid special tribute to Christopher Dams who started the Dating Project over a decade ago with special emphasis on the use of documentary evidence, and to Eddi Jolly, Elizabeth Imlay and the late Philip Johnson for their help in editing the project. He also highlighted major contributions from researchers on both sides of the Atlantic and expressed the wish that such collaboration would long continue into the future.