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Shakespeare Week: Competition launched in Stratford

Children from Alveston Primary School, Stratford Primary School and King Edward VI School taking part in the taster events. Credit: Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall is launching a project with author James Hartley to creatively inspire young minds.

Creative Will offers the chance for aspiring Shakespeare fans to not only win their own workshop with James at the Schoolroom, but to also feature in his next novel.

“We want to bring to life the inspiration that has lived and breathed in the Schoolroom for hundreds of years and rekindle the magic from when Shakespeare not only attended school here, but also had his first professional theatrical experiences.

We’ll be doing this through a programme for children called Creative Will, which hopes to nurture and develop creativity in lots of different ways."

– Sarah Jervis Hill, from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

James Hartley’s novel, "The Invisible Hand: Shakespeare’s Moon Act I," which has just been published, tells the story of young teenagers Sam and Leana and their time travelling adventures, all wrapped up in the story of Macbeth and life at a boarding school.

Children from Stratford Primary School taking part in the taster events. Credit: Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

“I believe passionately in the power of creativity, which can help children in so many different ways with their learning. And there is no stronger influence on the craft of storytelling and language than the legacy of Shakespeare. For young minds we need to make Shakespeare relevant, approaching it with the same energy and passion that the Bard himself had. I’m very excited to be working with Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, which as a writer and English teacher is one of the most exciting places to visit imaginable.”

– James Hartley, Author

There are two age groups for the competition:

  • Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 of primary school (ages 7-11) are invited to draw a scene from a Shakespeare play as if they were there.
  • Years 7 and 8 of high school (ages 11-13) can have fun writing a short story that gives a 21st century update upon one of Shakespeare’s plays.