I’m delighted to be collaborating with stationery suppliers Viking taking on a challenge as part of their Shakespeare Week celebrations.
You probably know about my stationery addiction by now! so you can imagine how I felt when as an Office Manager for a small business (before my sons were born) I had carte blanche to keep our stationery stocks up together! The Viking brochure (yes, this was before the days of internet – they’ve been established since 1960) was always my favourite. Take a look online at their products, you won’t be disappointed.
Today I’m shouting out about Shakespeare Week. On Thursday I’ll be sharing with you what I have created from the box of goodies sent to me by Viking. There will be a giveaway too so don’t miss it!
What is Shakespeare Week?
Shakespeare Week is an annual national celebration organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, giving primary school aged children a chance to have a great first encounter with Shakespeare – his characters, stories and language.
It’s taking place 18th – 24th March 2019 but there are events that take place all year.
Did you know …
Shakespeare is a named author on the curriculum in 65% of countries, studied by around half of the world’s schoolchildren every year. He has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British. Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up to regard Shakespeare as difficult, and not for them, and in turn are very unlikely to introduce their own youngsters to his works.
Shakespeare Week opens the door to Shakespeare and ensures that children are given a chance at a great first experience with one of the world’s most famous playwrights.
Working in education and as a parent, I think it’s a fabulous opportunity for children to discover Shakespeare in a fun and engaging way and go some way in eliminating that reluctance to engage as a teen.
Where does it take place?
Shakespeare Week takes place in homes, schools, museums and arts venues across the UK. It’s completely free to register and you can join in the fun with your children at home. You could also encourage your local school to take part in Shakespeare Week.
Sign up for a free Shakespeare Week account which allows you to:
- Access a wide range of resources to introduce children aged 5-11 to Shakespeare and his times in a fun and engaging way.
- Explore the list of events celebrating Shakespeare across the UK.
- Sign up for Mission Shakespeare, a series of on-line Shakespeare challenges
- Shakespeare themed events across the UK.
- Workshops across the UK throughout the year.
- Choose a challenge in the Kids’ Zone. Activities such as make a comic strip, draw a Shakespeare cartoon, read the story of The Tempest and then retell to friends and family.
We decided we would try a fun activity and one which children will love.
Yes, that’s right. We’ve been casting Shakespeare insults around for the past few days 🙂
In Romeo and Juliet we thought Juliet’s parents might say to Romeo:
Thou art a lewd, empty-hearted jack-a-nape.
Do register for free to try the activities online and have fun.
Follow Shakespeare Week on Twitter (@shakespeareweek) to keep up to date.
Bournemouth Library Events
Shakespeare Fairies stories
Parkstone Library, Tuesday 19 March, 11 – 11.30am
Poetry group does Shakespeare
Kinson Library, Tuesday 19 March, 5.30 – 6.30pm
West Howe Library, Thursday 21 March, 11am – 12 noon
Shakespeare crafts for kids,
Saturday 23 March
Boscombe Library, 11am – 12 noon
Charminster Library, 10 – 11am
Oakdale Library, 10.30 – 11.30am
For a modern, young adult take on Romeo and Juliet I can recommend David Hewson’s Juliet and Romeo. Read my Q&A with the author and my review.
Let me know which activities you try, how you got in if you went to a workshop or attended any of the events.
I’m excited to share with you my creative project on Thursday! Don’t miss it!
Happy Shakespeare Week!