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 writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. 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. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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