It’s tricky to write anything new about a man born 450 years ago, tricky to sum up what an impact he’s had on the world with words, just words. After thousands and thousands of adaptations and spin offs, it seems there’s always more to say and always a new angle to take. That’s why I’m fascinated to see what they have to say about Shakespeare in the Auckland Writers Festival free session: Shakespearean Spinach. Notre Dame University professor Peter Holland will be talking about what Popeye, the Dude, R2-D2 and Quentin Tarantino have to do with Shakespeare. If you’re in Auckland for the festival, come alone to this free session and find out!
Closer to home, see who else is coming to the WORD Christchurch events in May, or if you need a Shakespearean fix right away, head along to the Canterbury Repertory Theatre’s production of Richard the Third on till March 28th.
Or even closer to home (in fact you don’t even have to leave your home) you can join in with the Big Library Read and read Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, on till April the 1st.
There are hundreds of books in our collection on the topic of Shakespeare, and even more in our e-book collection, including an incredibly valuable resource of insults, Shakespeare: The Bard’s Guide to Abuses and Affronts, available through Overdrive.
You can also kick back with Naxos Video Library’s collection of Shakespearean plays, which you can stream through library computers or at home with a library card and PIN.
This is only brushing the surface of everything the library can offer when it comes to Shakespeare, as we can only really brush the surface of the impact he’s made on the world. On a personal note I, for one, probably wouldn’t exist at all without him, because my parents met through a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That starts off a train of thought about the countless number of connections people have made with each other through Shakespeare over the last centuries. Do you have any serendipitous connections in your life relating to the Bard of Avon?