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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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