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Walking with Simon Armitage and Shakespeare

Congratulations to Simon Armitage, who was appointed Poet Laureate on 11 May 2019. It’s a strange job, nominally the official court poet, though these days it isn’t important to write new poems for royal occasions. It’s definitely an honour to … Continue reading

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Following the Shakespeare Trail

The weather now, in mid-December, is as dreary as Shakespeare describes at the end of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Ways are truly foul and there is little incentive to get anywhere on foot, even though that’s always my favourite method of exploring … Continue reading

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Walking with Shakespeare: the new Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon app

When I chose the sub-title for this blog, I picked “In Shakespeare’s footsteps” partly to suggest that I would be following, rather than stating my own opinions, but also because I love walking. There’s something about the act of putting … Continue reading

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Travelling to Scotland: Ben Jonson and John Taylor’s journeys on foot

Many Shakespeare enthusiasts will know that Ben Jonson visited Scotland in 1618-19, after Shakespeare’s death. His aim was to visit some of his friends, and he spent Christmas with a poet, William Drummond, the Laird of Hawthornden, who recorded some … Continue reading

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Walking for Shakespeare: Nine Day’s Wonder

Walking for fun’s not a concept that would have been understood in Shakespeare’s day, and the sponsored walk would have been an even more alien idea. Walking was a necessity, and when Shakespeare left Stratford for London as a young … Continue reading

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