The Bard and his Writings
‘Man of the Millennium’ and the world’s greatest writer, Shakespeare enriched our language, changed the way we think and gave us new understandings of the human condition. From comedy to tragedy to history, his plays cover a vast scope of human experience, and his sonnets mystify and delight. There is a performance of his play Hamlet going on somewhere in the world every single day.
And yet there are gaps in our knowledge of the man himself. This talk will help you discover what we do know of the Bard and learn about the changing theatrical conditions which brought about his plays. You can even listen to speeches from some of his greatest characters.
“Not marble, nor the gilded monuments of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme.” – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 55
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Contested Will, Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro
Roaring Boys: Playwrights and Players in Elizabethan and Jacobean England by Judith Cook
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Prof. Harold Bloom
The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl
Will and Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life by Dominic Dromgoole