Episode 3: “Let old wrinkles come”: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday
April 23rd, 2021, marks William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday, and, oddly enough, also the 405th anniversary of his death. To celebrate the life of the Bard, we’ll be discussing his life in Stratford-upon-Avon with NoSweatShakespeare’s founder and scholar, Ralph Goldswain.
Ralph taught English Literature in England for four decades. During the 1980s he was seconded to the National Shakespeare and Schools Project, where he helped develop methods of teaching Shakespeare to bring plays to life in the classroom. He went on to work at the London Education Authority, where his focus was working with teachers to make Shakespeare lively, comprehensible, and enjoyable for their students. He has created and delivered Shakespeare workshops for both teachers and students, and still regularly visits schools in the UK and Europe to address groups of teachers.
Join us as we take a dive into Shakespeare’s early and later years. What kind of family was Shakespeare born into? What shocking event happened to make his father retire from public life? And what does Shakespeare’s will say about his marriage? Find out all that and more in this episode. Ralph is interviewed by host Emily Jackoway.
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