Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Strolling in Stratford

Last week I visited the home of Britain's greatest writer in Stratford upon Avon to give a talk to the local U3A group. Just opposite the venue stood Holy Trinity Church at which William Shakespeare was baptised and where he is buried.

Shakespeare's baptism and burial place.
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon.

Just up the road, I visited the home of another of Stratford's great writers: Penny Freedman. Over a cup of tea we reminisced about various drama ventures we had been involved in, Penny having directed me many years ago in The Lady's Not For Burning and Macbeth at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury.

Penny is a scholar of Shakespeare and author of Power and Passion in Shakespeare's Pronouns. Recently she has employed her knowledge of the Bard's works in a series of murder mystery novels: All the Daughters and This is a Dreadful Sentence. If you like a good thriller, written cleverly in a literary style, go to: http://www.pennyfreedman.co.uk/ and read all about them.

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