Educated at King Edward's High School, Birmingham, and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, Peter is a philosopher, historian, author, lecturer and workshop leader. He is a particular specialist in Baconian and Shakespearean studies and the Western wisdom traditions, and is the founder-director of the Francis Bacon Research Trust. The FBRT specialises in research into Bacon, Shakespeare, the Rosicrucians and the Western wisdom traditions.
Peter is also a member and past-council member of the Francis Bacon Society, an associate and past-trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, and the founder of Zoence Academy which he runs in partnership with his wife, Sarah Dawkins.
Peter gives seminars, lectures, workshops, master-classes, summer schools, and leads wisdom tours and geocosmological pilgrimages, in many countries. He has given Wisdom of Shakespeare seminars, master-classes and summer schools since the mid-1980s, and is an advisor to actors and directors, including (during 1997-2005) the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London where he led Wisdom of Shakespeare events with Mark Rylance, the then Artistic Director, and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York in 2008. Since 2004 he has been leading Wisdom of Shakespeare summer schools and weekends in Warwickshire with Jill Line, and in 2013 he began leading Mystery of Shakespeare weeks in Italy with Mark Rylance.
Peter has acted as a visiting lecturer on the Shakespeare Authorship Studies MA course at Brunel University, London, and in 2011 at the Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University in the Ukraine. In April 2008 he received an award for distinguished scholarship in Shakespeare authorship studies from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Peter’s many publications include a series on the Wisdom of Shakespeare in each Shakespeare play, of which five are published so far: The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. His researches have taken him deep into the mystery of the Shakespeare authorship, about which he has written a major treatise, The Shakespeare Enigma, and a pocket handbook, Bacon’s Shakespeare. His published summary of Bacon’s grand Cabalistic or Rosicrucian scheme, the Great Instauration or Six Days’ Work, is contained in his book, Building Paradise, as well as in other books, essays and information sheets available on the FBRT website and from the FBRT Bookshop. Other books and DVDs of lectures and seminars are available from the Zoence website.
Peter's web site: www.peterdawkins.com
Zoence web site: www.zoence.co.uk