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Our mate Bill

April 29, 2016


April 2016 was #bardread. As many around the world commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, we celebrated “all things Bill”. We put forward our favourite plays, from the delightful to the macabre, recalled great film adaptations and debated who might make a list of the best Shakespearian actors.

Shakespeare continues to maintain a firm hold on our imagination: he is at once great literature and popular culture.

The fact that his works are still going strong after 400 years, and indeed remain a perpetual source of inspiration for new work. He challenges as well as entertains us. We quote him daily (“neither a borrower or a lender be” / “we have seen better days” / “mum’s the word” / “all of a sudden” / and dozens more. . .). He is the Great Bard, an extraordinary figure that we can turn to for advice on, and insight into, all manner of issues. He is also a faithful companion, our mate Bill. Always there.

Appropriately for Shakespeare, our twitter discussion for #bardread was huge. Here’s a selection on our storify board.

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