‘…to yellow autumn turn'd…’ As we slide into early autumn we look back upon a summer of despair and hope in the name of Covid 19. Hal and I remain healthy, in isolation, but now there is hope that the pandemic, at least in Sweden, is waning. I hope it is where you live too. Stay safe, stay well.
As always, I start with a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.
The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:
Or in Sweden
or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher email@example.com
- In Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, young Stella, suffering a chronic illness with little chance of survival, puts reading Shakespeare’s plays on her bucket list.
- In Believe Me by J P Delaney Claire is an aspiring actor who had a disastrous affair with a man who could quote Shakespeare’s love poems as though they were written for him, and she’s painfully envious of her friend who has a part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- In Furious Thing by Jenny Downham the main character Lexi auditions for the part of Miranda but when the director asks her to read Caliban, she’s very upset. She does and does it so brilliantly that he wants to cast her, but she refuses to play a monster. Poor Lexi, she has problems.
- In The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet Desiree stars in the school production of Romeo and Juliet but loses out on the part of Viola to the mayor’s daughter. Do schools really do Shakespeare as much as novels indicate? Or do I just read the kind of novels where they do?
- In the film Look Both Ways the disgruntled journalist Andy is forced to attend a production of Macbeth but he storms out in disgust during the ‘Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow’ monologue.
- In the novel The River Home by Hannah Richell Margot auditions for and get the part of Juliet in the school play, with disastrous consequences.
Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/
- Love and Pain and the Whole Damned Thing: Maggie Smith plays the mother of Ian McKellen’s Richard III.
- Batman Begins: Christian Bale is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prince of Jutland, Henry V. Gary Oldman is either Guildenstern or Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Tom Wilkinson is in Shakespeare in Love.
- The Full Monty: Tom Wilkinson is in Shakespeare in Love.
- The Dark Knight: Christian Bale is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prince of Jutland, Henry V. Gary Oldman is either Guildenstern or Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Ledger is in 10 Things I Hate about You, teen spin-off of The Taming of the Shrew.
- Get on Up: Octavia Spencer is in Being John Malkovich which has a Richard III theme.
- Enough Said: Catherine Keener is in Being John Malkovich which has a Richard III theme.
Further since last time:
- Ordered from the newly re-opened Globe Shop in London: two hoodies, five T-shirts and three DVDs.
- Received from the Globe Shop: two hoodies and five T-shirts but no DVDs.
Posted this month
- This report
Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by
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