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The Death of Shakespeare

26 April, Adelaide.

Professors Ian Donaldson and Ian Gadd in a free public lecture at the University of Adelaide on the topic “The Death of Shakespeare”, that will also include a musical performance.

At the time of his death on 23 April1616 Shakespeare was far from a celebrity. Beyond the country town of Stratford where he had been born and now was buried, his death appears to have occasioned little interest or attention. None of his fellow-poets chose to mourn his passing; no gatherings in his honour were held; no contemporary references to his death have survived. Why did the final exit of the man now acclaimed as the world’s most famous writer not attract more resounding applause? How was Shakespeare’s reputation established in the years after his death? How did his fame spread–through Europe, the British Empire, globally?

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson, University of Melbourne
Response: Professor Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University
Musical Performance: Adelaide Baroque (Emma Horwood, Soprano; Anne Gardiner, Harpsichord; Graham Strahle, Viola da amba; Jayne Varnish, Recorders)
Chair: Dr Lucy Potter, The University of Adelaide

Full details here.

Shakespeare for Shorties at the State Library

Wednesdays starting 6 April, Sydney.

Outside signage: State Library NSWThe State Library of NSW is offering a fun morning session for little ones, introducing them to Shakespeare’s language.

Children’s books, making finger puppets and balloon swords all feature.

Designed for children aged under 5. Meeting at the Macquarie Street foyer at 10.30am. Free, and no bookings required, except for groups of 10 or more.

Full details here.

For bigger kids (8-12 years) there is a mask making workshop, with some discussion about how masks have been used in theatre, on Tuesday 12 April, 10am. Cost $20, bookings essential.

Full details here.

#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.

Shakespeare 400 at the State Library of NSW

18 – 23 April, Sydney.

The State Library of NSW (situated in the heart of Macquarie Street, and fronted on the Mitchell Library side by the very grand statue of Shakespeare in the middle of the road, that everyone forgets is there) is holding some Shakespeare 400 events in April.

These include:

  • an exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio and other historic items
  • opening the Shakespeare Room to the public from 18-23 April
  • screenings of classic Shakespeare films
  • a trivia night on 21 April
  • a range of family activities on the 23 April
  • a performance and album launch by Paul Kelly on 23 April

Full details here.

Row of antique books on pillows.
Folios 1, 2, 3 and 4 held by the State Library of NSW