“O for a Muse of Fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention”



Stirring words indeed from Henry V by our glorious bard, William Shakespeare, and entirely necessary if I am to do him justice.  This Saturday – April 23rd – marks the 400 years since his death in 1616. To many he may just be “that boring guy we had to read at school”.  But for me, he has always been “The One”.  I have loved Shakespeare from childhood – reading scenes from his history plays with my dad, and then devouring play after play, enthralled by his language, moved by his words. I chose to study him at University, and spent holidays in Stratford, breathing in his presence, visiting his haunts and watching the plays at the Memorial Theatre. And there is so much to love. To quote Henry James – “All life is there!”  We have the histories, the tragedies, the comedies, the romances, and then the sonnets.  Just take a look at one of our old Catalogue drawers to see how much there was in the Library even in the early days:

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Nobody stirs the soul and understands the human psyche quite like William Shakespeare.  Take the time to go up to Level 5 in Hartley Library and seek him out at PR  2754 onwards    and celebrate the greatest writer of all time.

“Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs”     Julius Caesar  Act 1, scene 2


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