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I have news this week from Cambridge UK, and Cambridge USA.

James Stredder, author of the super book “The Northface of Shakespeare: Activities for Teaching the Plays” has just sent me some information about a conference taking place in September that will be of special interest to teachers. The three day interdisciplinary conference titled “Shakespeare: Sources and Adaptation” will take place at the University of Cambridge (UK), 9th – 11th September, and will bring together writers, teachers, theatre practitioners, and Shakespeare enthusiasts.  Headline speakers include Carol Ann Duffy and Michael Rosen from the world of poetry, and Sir Trevor Nunn, Rupert Goold and Imogen Stubbs from the world of theatre and performance. The conference offers a rich programme of sessions ranging from “Creative approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom” to “Shakespeare for non-English speaking teenagers”. It promises to be a most enjoyable event, and you can find out more by visiting www.cambridgeshakespeareconference.co.uk

My other piece of news comes from my friends at The Actors’ Shakespeare Project over in Boston, USA.  This year they held their second Birthday Celebration for Shakespeare, inspired by the celebrations that have taken place in Stratford since 1824 – see http://www.shakespearesbirthday.org.uk/ The birthday celebrations in Cambridge Massachusetts took place around Harvard Square – and culminated in a Shakespeare SLAM extravaganza.  The folks at The Actors’ Shakespeare Project really know how to throw a great, great party – and happily they have just uploaded a short video so you can get a flavour of Shakespeare birthday celebrations – Boston style.  I’m only sad I wasn’t there to toss Yorick, or cast a magic spell – you will have to watch the video to see what I’m talking about.

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Author:Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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