BRITISH ACADEMY PRESIDENT'S MEDAL
SIR PETER STOTHARD
The Times Literary Supplement
Sir Peter Stothard edited The Times from 1992 to 2002. He was knighted for services to the newspaper industry in 2003. He is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. Among his publications are Thirty Days: An Inside Account of Tony Blair at War (2004) based on observations inside Downing Street during the Iraq War, his memoir On the Spartacus Road (2010), which combines travel writing with history, and Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra (2013). He served as President of the Classical Association in 2011/12, is actively involved in the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and was chair of judges for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2012.
Since 2003 he has been editor of The Times Literary Supplement, which remains the most important and widely circulated weekly journal providing the wider intellectual public with discussion – informed by serious scholarship – of new publications in the humanities and social sciences, and of wider debates within and about them. At a time of great difficulty in the newspaper industry, when the continued existence of the TLS could not and cannot be taken for granted, Sir Peter has supported and developed the journal as well as moving its high level of literary journalism into the digital age.