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    Literary Event Focus June-Sept 2016

    Published on 09/06/2016 by Jean Roberts

    Shakespeare’s quarcentenary

    2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.  Small and large celebrations have been taking part throughout the country, from individual events in bookshops and libraries to the opportunity to have one’s photograph taken with a cardboard cut-out of Shakespeare at the London Book Fair.  Eminent authors such as Howard Jacobson, Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood have been commissioned to ‘rewrite’ some of Shakespeare’s best known plays in their own voices, using modern settings. 

    At Christie’s, an important collection of Shakespeare papers, including the rare First Folio collection of his plays, has been sold to an American collector for £2,479,000.  The First Folio was published in 1623 and contains 36 plays, 18 of which had not at the time appeared in print before. It fetched £1.87m, well above its pre-sale estimate of between £800,000 and £1.2m. It was sold along with later editions published in 1632, 1664 and 1685.

    More information may be found at



    The Winchester Literary Festival

    The 36th Winchester Writers’ festival will take place 17th – 19th June.  This is one of the best-established writers’ festivals in the UK, and features a wide range of activities, from author surgeries to workshops and formal presentations.  It is well-supported by trade publishers. The keynote speaker this year will be Meg Rosoff. 


    Bloody Scotland aims for another successful event

    Scotland has had more than its fair share of world-class crime writers. The 2016 Bloody Scotland  Festival will take place during a weekend in September and will be the first since the death of William McIlvanney.  The Scottish Crime Book of the Year will be renamed The McIlvanney Prize from this year on.

    As well as offering an opportunity for readers to listen to and meet well-known authors, the Festival also provides a chance to discover what’s new.  Budding authors are invited to pitch their books to a panel of publishers.

    More information may be found at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/bob-mcdevitt-book-festival-goes-from-strength-to-strength-1-4146548#ixzz4B4lxomY7

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