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The Reader Issue 47



Featuring Janet Suzman, John Kinsella, Christine Shaw, Rebecca Goss, Joseph Gold


only £6.95


only £6.95

Contents Include:

  • Janet Suzman’s essay defending Shakespeare as the author of his own plays
  • New fiction from John Kinsella and Christine Shaw
  • Rebecca Goss’s moving ‘The Poet On Her Work’
  • Jane Davis’s interview with Joseph Gold, a pioneer in the field of reading personally
  • ‘Sullen Earth’, an essay from Grace Farrington reporting the preliminary findings of research on reading groups
  • Exciting news about our latest publications A Little, Aloud for Children and the upcoming Brian Nellist edited Minted

Issue Highlight:

‘William Shakespeare of Stratford is the man who knows the quiet industry of creation and the hurly-burly of staging it’

and so starts Janet Suzman’s wonderfully funny and fierce defence of Shakespeare. She scoffs at the view commonplace with the ‘Oxfordians’ (those who believe that the Earl of Oxford wrote all of Shakespeare’s plays) that only an aristocrat and/or a university-trained mind can display such ready wit and that only someone that has travelled can write about different people and places. Her essay is an honour bound declaration of fealty to the Bard and we can’t help but agree with her!  

Bit at the bottom:

Feel inspired by the winner of our BUPA Care Home National Creative Writing Competition, Margaret Wickham:

‘When gloom sets in and I feel old and dim,
The Candle glows and flickers, real and warm,
And I can wait. The Powercut will end’

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