Today marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. More importantly is the opportunity to celebrate his legacy. What an afterlife! 400 years later and his writing lives on. I know I’m not alone in wishing that, as a writer, my own work could ever hope to live on for even half as long, “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come” (Hamlet).

Celebrating Shakespeare at work with costume fun

Celebrating Shakespeare at work with costume fun

Of course, here in England, there’ll be events happening all around London and in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend. Yesterday at work my colleagues and I in the English department dressed up to celebrate ‘Shakefest’. Any guesses which character I dressed up as? A couple of clues: the gold headband is to show the character’s wealth and the blue-green colouring is to suggest her Mediterranean heritage. Got it? Not to worry, for “the game is up”. (Act III, Scene III, Cymbeline). Read on to find the answer…

… Portia from ‘The Merchant of Venice’! Intelligent, beautiful, in love with the handsome Bassanio and is courageous in court, disguised as a lawyer, Balthazar, with her intelligent arguments. Speaking of lawyers (and after my recent litigation) I find another Shakespeare quote very apt: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”. – (Act IV, Scene II, King Henry the Sixth, Part II). If only!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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