#ShakespeareLives at Dymocks Book Store

And they have a balcony!

23 April, Sydney.

This is a priceless opportunity to hear Shakespeare spoken in a unique atmospheric space, or to get in on the act yourself!

The Dymocks building is one of Sydney’s beautiful secret spaces, with a foyer constructed of stunning early twentieth-century tiling, sweeping up to an ornate balcony. To celebrate the Shakespeare 400 anniversary, Dymocks Book Store on George Street is opening up their historic venue to all those game to stand on the balcony and speak a speech trippingly on the tongue.

From the website: “Can you quote Shakespeare better than anyone you know? Come and be part of our Shakespeare face off! Stand upon the balcony and bring your best lines to become the Shakespeare champion!

The ultimate winner will win a leather bound edition of the Arden Shakespeare’s Complete Works of William Shakespeare with runner up prizes of On Shakespeare’s Sonnets published for the Shakespeare 400 anniversary.”

View from above art nouveau public building foyer.
The Dymocks Building foyer and balcony

It’s free, but you need to RSVP to eventscoordinator@dymocks.com.au so they can estimate numbers.

Full details here, you will need to scroll down, events are listed in date order.

#Shakespeare400 at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

16 – 22 May, Sydney.

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival offers the opportunity to think about Shakespeare through the lenses provided by a variety of current literary artists. Here is a summary of their Shakespeare-related events:

Monday 16 May – SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS: Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and Director Peter Evans discuss the eternal inspiration of the sonnets.

Wednesday 18 May – A LOVE AFFAIR WITH SHAKESPEARE: Panel discussion held in association with the State Library of NSW on what it is to live with a love of Shakespeare. The speakers have not yet been announced.

Thursday 19 May – THE GAP OF TIME: Acclaimed British novelist Jeanette Winterson talks about her most recent book, The Gap of Time, which is based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Saturday 22 May – SEVEN SONNETS AND A SONG: Paul Kelly expounds upon his new album, and his love of Shakespeare.

Walsh Bay docks with crowds and view of Harbour Bridge.