It is Shakespeare’s birthday (or thereabouts) and in looking for some gifts to share I came across this article on the BBC News website which discusses a new book ‘William Shakespeare Beyond Doubt’ edited by Professor Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmondson both of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which aims to defend the question of authorship. It is a topic which has been discussed on this blog, see Why Shakespeare was Shakespeare, and no doubt will not end the debate.
There are so many wonderful digital resources available for Shakespeare that a simple internet search could result in getting quite lost for days. In a very brief search this morning I found:
The RSC has lots of educational material on its website, some free for use in the classroom http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/.
Oxford’s own Bodleian Libraries Sprint for Shakespeare site where you can leaf through the original printed pages of the First Folio, and find cameos from well-known Shakespeare lovers, and from researchers and experts who work on this book.
Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare’s complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind.
And of course you will find a wealth of inspirational resources (ebooks, lectures, short talks and more) on our own http://writersinspire.org/, all of which are free for reuse in education